Thyroid Screening


TSH is Thyroid Stimulating Hormone.  TSH is used as a screening test to determine if your thyroid gland is making appropriate amounts of thyroid hormones.  TSH levels can help determine if someone is Hyperthyroid (making too much thyroid hormone) or Hypothyroid (making too little thyroid hormone).  If the TSH is abnormal, a more comprehensive thyroid panel may be needed.

Who Should Get Tested

TSH testing is useful for:

  • To diagnose both an overactive thyroid gland or an under functioning gland (hypothyroidism)
  • To evaluate a thyroid nodule
  • To assess for Thyroid diseases such as Graves Disease, Thyroid Cancer or Hashimotos disease
  • To monitor ongoing treatment for thyroid disorders
  • Screening during pregnancy

Turnaround Time

  • 3-5 business days


TSH is often one of the first tests ordered when thyroid disorder is considered. Thyroid disorders are quite common. Common symptoms related to thyroid disorders include:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Feeling cold
  • Painful joints and muscles
  • Dry skin
  • Thin and/or dry hair
  • Slow heart rate
  • Constipation
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Fertility problems

Sample Report

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