Level of instruction: Basic
Intended Audience: Medical laboratory scientists, Medical technologists, and medical technicians seeking review, cross-training, or continuing education opportunities; clinical laboratory science students, medical students, and pathology residents.
Author Information: Jack A. Maggiore, PhD, MT(ASCP) serves as the Assistant Laboratory Director of Chemistry and is Head of Research and Development at Doctor's Data, Inc. in Saint Charles, Illinois. Dr. Maggiore is a medical technologist, certified by the ASCP, with a Master of Science in Clinical Chemistry and Doctorate in Pathology from the University of Illinois. His expertise includes clinical instrumentation, method development and validation, quality assurance, medical device clinical trials, and scientific regulatory affairs. His clinical research interests include development of novel biomarkers for chronic diseases using blood spots and other non-conventional samples. Dr. Maggiore holds several medical device patents, has authored more than fifty peer-reviewed and invited publications and textbook chapters, and has presented his research findings at international scientific society meetings. Dr. Maggiore's mission is to work with health care professionals to empower consumers to take a more active role in their health maintenance.
Reviewer information: Lisa Dewey, MT(ASCP) is the Quality Manager at Doctor's Data, Inc. and has been a medical technologist since 1990. She obtained a BS in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lisa has experience working in various specialties in hospital and clinic laboratories, research & development, laboratory management, and a commercial laboratory specializing in dried blood spot testing.
Course description: The material presented in this course is intended to explain the role of the laboratory in diagnosing thyroid conditions/diseases and in determining the effectiveness of thyroid treatment. The basic biochemistry of the thyroid hormones and the feedback mechanism between the thyroid and pituitary will be discussed, as well as thyroid disorders and the assays used to assess thyroid function.