Diagnostic Solutions GI-MAP (GI Microbial Assay Plus)
This is a 1-day stool collection; an advanced stool test that provides us with immediate, actionable clinical intelligence for the management of gastrointestinal health. This test utilizes cutting-edge technologies and biomarkers.
This test offers valuable insight into:
- Digestive function (Digestion, absorption, and enzyme markers)
- Intestinal inflammation or immune activation
- Intestinal microbiome
**We utilize the GI-MAP panel when we suspect a GI infection or gut dysbiosis.**
**We recommend starting with the MicrobeLink DX to identify bacteria at cause GI infections or gut dysbiosis.**
Diagnostic Solutions utilizes polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology (genetic sequencing) to analyze each sample for parasitic DNA as well as uses PCR to analyze each patient’s unique microbiome. With PCR technology, we are able to get a real-time quantification of all of the organisms in your stool.
GI Effects is a comprehensive assessment of complete GI health; able to assess the root cause of most gut complaints, such as gas, bloating, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. These biomarkers provide valuable insight into the development of strategic interventions, aimed at correcting functional imbalances and inadequacies through targeted dietary, lifestyle, and pharmaceutical-grade supplementation therapies.
The GI-MAP also uses biomarkers which help us differentiate between conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
1-day vs. 3-day Collection
Since the sale of Metametrix to Genova only DRG and Diagnostic Solutions provide PCR analysis for parasites. However, the results are limited to less than seven species. Metametrix provided results for over twenty species of Helminths and Protozoa. When comparing the results from the Metametrix parasitology to the current labs offered, very seldom do the labs report parasites. Numerous Doctors have had patients put parasites into the stool sample container with no results being reported by the Dig and Look methodology (AKA Optimized Parasite Recovery (OPR)) and microscopy.
Thus the need for the 3-day collection. It increases the odds of finding an intact parasite.
There is confusion about the difference in the OPR and PCR results. Why do the results do not match. The answer is simple. Parasites are fragile, degrading rapidly after collection. The DNA is present for PCR analysis but undiscoverable for the OPR (Dig and Look) methodology. Besides that, what lab tech is so into their job that they will make the extra effort to did through a stool sample.