Calcitonin Blood Test

Thyrocalcitonin


Test Code: 004895
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Calcitonin Blood Test

This test measures levels of Calcitonin in the blood.  Calcitonin is a hormone produced by the Thyroid Gland.  Calcitonin production helps regulate the body's levels of calcium and phosphate.  In most cases, having a deficiency or overload of calcitonin does not cause any negative health effects.  For this reason, there is still a lack of research on the exact purpose calcitonin serves. 

A rare form of thyroid cancer which affects the C-cells, the same cells which produce calcitonin, may cause levels to be elevated.  A calcitonin test may aid in the diagnosis when a person is suspected of having this form of cancer.  Calcitonin may also be used to treat people with osteoporosis or Paget's disease.  In these cases, monitoring Calcitonin levels can help determine how well they are responding to therapy or find the optimal dosage.

Turnaround for this test is typically 2-4 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Requirements:

Overnight fasting is required.

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Calcitonin Blood Test

Thyrocalcitonin


Test Code: 30742
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Calcitonin Blood Test

This test measures levels of Calcitonin in the blood.  Calcitonin is a hormone produced by the Thyroid Gland.  Calcitonin production helps regulate the body's levels of calcium and phosphate.  In most cases, having a deficiency or overload of calcitonin does not cause any negative health effects.  For this reason, there is still a lack of research on the exact purpose calcitonin serves. 

A rare form of thyroid cancer which affects the C-cells, the same cells which produce calcitonin, may cause levels to be elevated.  A calcitonin test may aid in the diagnosis when a person is suspected of having this form of cancer.  Calcitonin may also be used to treat people with osteoporosis or Paget's disease.  In these cases, monitoring Calcitonin levels can help determine how well they are responding to therapy or find the optimal dosage.

Turnaround for this test is typically 2-4 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Requirements:

Overnight fasting is required.

Categories: