Hormones are chemical messengers that are secreted directly into the blood, they are important for numerous bodily functions from regulating hunger to controlling reproduction.
Hormone assays can play an important role in the diagnosis of a wide number of conditions including thyroid dysfunction and fertility investigations.
Endocrinologists treat people who suffer from hormonal imbalances, typically from glands in the endocrine system or certain types of cancers. The overall goal of treatment is to restore the normal balance of hormones found in a patient's body.
Thyroid Function Testing
The body’s metabolism is regulated by a number of hormones that are manufactured in the thyroid gland. Disorders can arise when the thyroid produces too much hormone (hyperthyroidism) or not enough (hypothyroidism).
Alpha Laboratories supplies a range of ELISA kits from DiaLab for the quantitative in vitro determination of thyroid markers in human serum and plasma. Used for thyroid function testing, they include thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), thyroxine (T4) and T3.
Fertility and Pregnancy Testing
Levels of a number of hormones may be measured when investigating infertility e.g. Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), Luteinizing hormone (LH) ,and Progesterone.
Alongside the DiaLab assays for these, we also offer tests for hCG and estriol to diagnose and monitor pregnancy.
Streck Sperm-Chex®, an assayed control intended for monitoring sperm counts is also available.