The endocrine system consists of glands that produce hormones. These hormones regulate functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction and sleep, among other things. When any part of this complex, interconnected system isn’t working as it should, you may experience a range of symptoms.
We use various tests to diagnose your condition so we can develop a treatment plan to get you back to feeling healthy again.
These tests allow doctors to analyze samples of blood, urine or body tissue to diagnose endocrine conditions and monitor for potential side effects.
- A1C – This blood test provides information about the average levels of blood glucose, or blood sugar, over the past two to three months. We use it to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
- Endocrine stimulation – This is a specialized test that can help us diagnose certain endocrine disorders associated with growth hormone deficiency, puberty, adrenal disorders, pre-diabetes and diabetes.
- Urine creatinine – This test measures the amount of creatinine in urine, which is an indicator of how well the kidneys are working.
- Urine albumin to creatinine ratio (UACR) – This test monitors kidney function by measuring the ratio of urine creatinine and albumin.
- 24-hour urine collection – This test checks kidney function by analyzing a person’s urine over a 24-hour period.
- Genetic tests – Genetic testing can reveal components of a person’s condition that can change how we treat it. Family members can benefit from the results by determining whether they may be at increased risk to develop a condition or pass along an altered gene.
Bone density test
A bone density test, also known as bone mass measurement or bone mineral density test, measures the strength and density of bones and can be used to determine a person’s risk of developing osteoporosis. This test uses X-rays to measure calcium and other minerals in bones such as lower spine bones, bones in the forearm or the thighbone (femur).
Professional continuous glucose monitoring
This multi-day test evaluates how well a person is managing their diabetes. A special monitor takes glucose measurements every five minutes and records them for your doctor to analyze.
CT scans and ultrasounds of the abdomen
We use these imaging tests to look for abnormalities such as tumors. A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays and a computer to make detailed images of the body. It can show details of the bones, muscles, fat, soft tissues, organs and blood vessels. An abdominal ultrasound uses soundwaves to produce images of organs and structures in the belly, such as the pancreas.
Thyroid scans allow us to examine the structure and function of the thyroid gland. After a person swallows or is injected with a small amount of radioactive iodine, a special camera measures how much iodine is absorbed by the thyroid.