A close up photo of beakers in a laboratory setting.Hormone assays are essential tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of certain chronic diseases such as diabetes and osteoporosis. According to the Partnership for the Accurate Testing of Hormones (PATH), when two laboratories use different tests to measure a hormone level, they may get different results for the same patient even though they use the same sample. These inaccurate test results can lead to a misdiagnosis and/or a delayed or incorrect treatment.

Contact Laura DeStigter to learn more about NACDD’s work on laboratory standardization and biomarkers.