Test Background T3 is more potent than T4 and both circulate in the blood as an equilibrium mixture of free and protein-bound hormone. T3 is bound to thyroxine binding globulin (TBG) and albumin. The free fraction, 0.2-0.4 % of the total T3, is present in solution as unbound or free T3 (FT3) and represents the physiologically active thyroid hormone. FT3 is typically elevated to a greater degree than free thyroxine (FT4) in Graves’ disease and in toxic adenomas. Free T3 alone is elevated (T3 thyrotoxicosis) in about 5 % of the hyperthyroid population.
Clinical Indications Diagnosis and management of thyrotoxicosis Differential diagnosis of hyperthyroid disorders Management of patients on amiodarone
Reference Range 2.5-5.7 pmol/L
Sample Required SST (gold top)
Sample Volume 0.5 mL
Turnaround Time 1 day