Published Date : Jan 27, 2016
The endocrine system is a collection of glands and hormones of an organism that is involved in secreting hormones directly into the bloodstream, which are very important for regulation of different body processes such as development, growth, and homeostasis. Some of the major endocrine glands present in the human body are mentioned as below:
Several tests are carried out in order to determine and monitor the levels of endocrine hormones with the help of biological samples. These tests help in detection of abnormality in the hormone production such as they help detect either hyposecretion (less secretion) or hypersecretion (excess secretion). The deviation in the levels of endocrine hormones results in certain endocrine conditions such as menopause, infertility, thyroid dysfunction, and many others. The key areas of integration and control provided by the endocrine system comprise responses to injury and stress, energy metabolism, absorption of nutrients, and maintenance of electrolyte and water balance. Some of the major endocrine testing done across the globe are progesterone test, thymosin test, follicle-stimulating hormone test, insulin test, luteinizing hormone test, secretin test, human chorionic gonadotropin test, thyroid stimulating hormone test, cortisol test, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate test, testosterone test, estradiol test, gastrin test, and prolactin test.
The global market for endocrine testing has been classified on the basis of its end user into commercial laboratories, hospitals, home-based tests, ambulatory health care centers, and physician’s clinics. Among all these segments, the commercial laboratories segment accounted for the biggest market share in the global endocrine testing market. The dominance of this segment can be attributed to the adoption of specialized diagnostics tools, availability of dedicated and skilled laboratory personnel, and swift diagnostics facilities leading to the high growth of the commercial laboratories segment. In addition, the introduction of tele-health facilities is projected to boost the demand for the commercial laboratories segment in the next few years. On the other hand, the home-based tests segment is estimated to exhibit the highest growth rate owing to the instant result and easy process of the test kits.