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Clin Chim Acta. 2011 Apr 11;412(9-10):748-54. doi: 10.1016/j.cca.2010.12.034. Epub 2011 Jan 8.

Multicenter analytical evaluation of a high-sensitivity troponin T assay.

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Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Hilton 3, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA. saenger.amy@mayo.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

High-sensitivity cardiac troponin assays are being introduced clinically for earlier diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We evaluated the analytical performance of a high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T assay (hscTnT, Roche Diagnostics) in a multicenter, international trial.

METHODS:

Three US and 5 European sites evaluated hscTnT on the Modular® Analytics E170, cobas® 6000, Elecsys 2010, and cobas® e 411. Precision, accuracy, reportable range, an inter-laboratory comparison trial, and the 99th percentile of a reference population were assessed.

RESULTS:

Total imprecision (CVs) were 4.6-36.8% between 3.4 and 10.3 ng/L hscTnT. Assay linearity was up to 10,000 ng/L and the limit of blank and detection were 3 and 5 ng/L, respectively. The 99th percentile reference limit was 14.2 ng/L (n=533). No significant differences between specimen types, assay incubation time, or reagent lots existed. A substantial positive bias (76%) exists between the 4th generation and hscTnT assays at the low end of the measuring range (<50 ng/L). hscTnT serum pool concentrations were within 2SD limits of the mean of means in the comparison trial, indicating comparable results across multiple platforms and laboratories.

CONCLUSION:

The Roche hscTnT assay conforms to guideline precision requirements and will likely identify additional patients with myocardial injury suspicious for AMI.

PMID:
21219893
DOI:
10.1016/j.cca.2010.12.034
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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