Current Thyroid Tests available:
- Serum thyroid tests: Blood testing of thyroid hormone levels shows how much hormone is available to receptor sites in the hypothalamus located in the brain, not necessarily the level of hormone the body has utilised. It also gives us information about the conversion of the storage form of thyroid hormone (T4) into the active form of thyroid hormone (T3). In some situations, like sub clinical Hypothyroid or in diseases that involve antibodies as in Graves Disease or Hashimoto’s Disease, serum tests are less accurate, they do not tell if the thyroid hormone is functional. In these clinical situations other measurements may be more accurate estimations of thyroid function.
- Body basal temperature requires taking your temperature first thing in the morning before any activity or getting out of bed. Temperature must be taken at the same time every day. Results are an indicator only (basal temperature is also affected by ovulatory cycles).
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What is involved in doing the Thyroflex test?
A symptom survey of thyroid function is completed first, to determine whether thyroid function warrants testing with the Thyroflex machine.
Symptoms are graded from 0 to 3
- No symptoms
- Mild symptoms
- Moderate symptoms
- Severe symptoms
Scores are then totalled. Your healthcare practitioner will then review the symptom survey score and decide if the Thyroflex test should be performed.
The Thyroflex test takes approximately 4 minutes to administer and results are provided immediately.
On completion of the test your healthcare practitioner instantly receives the test results.
The report shows your reflex response time and resting metabolic rate.
Reflex response times:
Resting Metabolic Rate:
This represents how many calories you are currently burning per day. Resting metabolic rate should be:
women = 2,250 calories / day
Your healthcare practitioner can interpret the Thyroflex report and will advise on which supplements and nutritional advice are necessary to improve thyroid function. If you are currently on medication or supplements for thyroid, your healthcare practitioner will advise if the dosage needs to be increased or decreased, depending on your Thyroflex test results to ensure the thyroid is in balance.