Evaluation of Thyopac-3 Test in the In-vitro Assessment of Thyroid FunctionBr Med J 1970; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.5698.713 (Published 21 March 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;1:713
- Frederick Clark,
- Hazel J. Brown
Thyopac-3, a new commercial test kit for the in-vitro assessment of thyroid function, has been appraised in a group of 411 patients. The Thyopac-3 test was found to be simple and rapid to perform and accurate in diagnosis. Of 117 patients shown to be euthyroid by other criteria, 5% had Thyopac-3 values outside the normal range (derived from a group of 135 normal patients), and 10 of 79 thyrotoxic and 4 of 37 hypothyroid patients had values within the normal range.
In a direct comparison in 190 patients with the resin uptake test the Thyopac-3 test emerged very favourably in regard to diagnostic accuracy and was technically easier and quicker to carry out. There was a non-linear negative correlation between results from the two procedures.