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T3, Total

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Test Update Information Effective March 19, 2013, Total T3 testing is being performed on the Abbott Architect i2000 immunoassay analyzer. Note new reference ranges and the change in reporting units from ng/dL with the previous T3 assay (Axsym assay) to the new units in nmol/L.

Conversion formula: (Concentration in ng/dL) x (.01536) = concentration in nmol/L.
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code T3
Test group Thyroid tests
Performed by China Basin Chemistry
In House Availability Test performed weekly on Wednesdays
Method Chemiluminescent Microparticle Immunoassay (Abbott Architect i2000)
Container type Gold top or Light Green top
Amount to Collect 1 mL blood
Sample type Serum or plasma
Preferred volume 0.5 mL serum or plasma
Min. Volume 0.25 mL serum or plasma
Processing notes Refrigerate.
Units nmol/L
Normal range
Age Male Female
0-12 months 0.9-3.1 nmol/L 1.6-3.5 nmol/L


Age Male & Female
1-5 years 1.6-3.1 nmol/L
6-10 years 1.6-2.8 nmol/L
11-14 years 1.0-2.9 nmol/L
15-18 years 1.1-2.7 nmol/L
>18 years 0.9-2.4 nmol/L


Adult reference ranges adopted from manufacturer reference range studies (95% CI) and verified in-house using blood donor samples (N=124) (excluding autologous donors) on no medications and negative for anti-Tg and TPO antibodies.

Pediatric reference ranges adopted from Clinical Biochemistry 42 (2009) 885-891. Canadian Laboratory Initiative on Pediatric Reference Interval Database (CALIPER).
Synonyms Triiodothyronine
Turn around times 1 day
Additional information The total T3 level may be elevated in the < 5% of hyperthyroid patients in whom the FT4 level is normal (T3 toxicosis). Measurement of T3 is of no value in the diagnosis of hypothyroidism. Total T3 can be affected by changes in thyroid binding protein levels. Measurements of Free T3 better reflect biologically active hormone levels than measurements of total T3.
Medical Necessity? Yes. Click here for more information
LOINC code 3053-6
Last Updated 2/24/2014 9:32:45 AM
Entry Number 914
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