Why Use a High-Sensitivity Troponin I Assay?

Troponin Defined
  • Troponins are a family of proteins found in all striated muscle that serve to help the muscle contract
  • Troponin controls myofibril contraction
  • Troponin is released when the cardiac cells die after a period of ischemia causing the AMI
  • Individual cardiac troponin components are found as a cytosolic free pool
  • Troponin elevation is not specific for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) – several pathologies can result in cardiac damage

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IFCC Guidelines for High-Sensitivity Troponin assays
  • High-Sensitivity refers to the assay’s performance characteristics, not a difference in the form of cardiac troponin being measured
  • %CV at the 99th percentile should be ≤10%
  • Measureable concentrations below the 99th percentile should be attainable with a concentration above the assay’s LoD for at least 50% of healthy individuals

Apple F., Sandoval Y., Jaffe A., and Ordonez-Llanos J. Cardiac Troponin Assays: Guide to Understanding Analytical Characteristics and Their Impact on Clinical Care. Report of the IFCC Task Force on Clinical Applications of Cardiac Biomarkers. Clinical Chemistry 63:01 (2016) ; Product availability varies by country

Reasons to use a High-Sensitivity Troponin I Assay
  • Increasing sensitivity of cTn assays enables detection of smaller areas of necrosis
  • Optimize negative predictive value: high-sensitivity troponin allows for a more rapid triage of patients suspected of AMI based on improved discrimination of low level troponin I concentrations at presentation as well as over time.
  • For early presenters: low-end precision allows early detection of significant change in troponin I concentrations, which may not have yet exceeded the 99th percentile limit.
  • Serial sampling strategies are still recommended!
    • They may be shortened with hsTNI assays based on published guidelines
ADVIA Centaur XP/XPT and Atellica IM High-Sensitivity Troponin I Intended Use Statement

The ADVIA Centaur XP/XPT (TNIH) and Atellica IM (TnIH) High-Sensitivity Troponin I assays are available for in vitro diagnostic use in the quantitative measurement of cardiac troponin I in human serum or plasma using the following instruments:

  • ADVIA Centaur® XP
  • ADVIA Centaur XPT
  • Atellica® IM systems

These assays can be used to aid in the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI).

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Overview and Clinical Guidelines

View the Overview and Clinical Guidelines section of this website for detailed specifications on Siemens Healthineers High-Sensitivity Troponin I assay.

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Take a look behind the design of Siemens Healthineers new High-Sensitivity Troponin I assay and learn why it provides fast, accurate and actionable test results – in this informative video.

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Watch the troponin animation to learn more about cardiac troponins, testing, and guidelines, and the role of this critical biomarker for earlier acute myocardial infarction (AMI) diagnosis.

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