GI Map and
At NGI, having extensive experience with the microbiome and understanding that your most disease truly begins in the gut, we again take a multi-algorithmic approach to these tests, extracting hyper-dimensional data and insights these GI focused tests.
To establish a base line and screen for parasitic infections, your provider will use a GI Map. If you have more complicated issues, they will order a 3-Day Collection, GI Effects.
NOTE: Please review all instructions and collection kit components before starting your sample collection. DO NOT discontinue taking prescription medications unless directed by your physician.
GI Map Instructions
While there are no specific instructions for the GI Map, your NGI provider *may*recommend similar instructions as the GI Effects based on your condition. Please consult with your provider before your test.
Wait at least 4 weeks from colonoscopy or barium enema before starting test
If H. pylori Add On Ordered-Fourteen Days Before: Discontinue proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and bismuth
Two-Four Weeks before: Discontinue antibiotics, anti-parasitics, antifungals, probiotic supplements (acidophilus, etc.)
GI Effects Instructions
Two Days Before: Discontinue aspirin and NSAIDs (i.e.: ibuprofen), rectal suppositories, enemas, activated charcoal, bismuth, betaine HCL, digestive enzymes, antacids, laxatives, mineral oil, castor oil, and/or bentonite clay
Speak with you NGI provider about discontinuation of these medications and/or supplements BEFORE discontinuation.
What are the Benefits of Stool Testing?
Stool testing, also known as fecal testing, is a medical diagnostic procedure that involves analyzing a sample of stool to gather information about a person's health. Here are some potential benefits of stool testing:
Early detection of gastrointestinal disorders: Stool testing can help in the early detection of various gastrointestinal disorders, such as infections caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease, and other conditions. Early detection can lead to prompt treatment, which may help prevent complications and improve outcomes.
Monitoring treatment effectiveness: Stool testing can be used to monitor the effectiveness of treatments for gastrointestinal disorders. For example, it can help assess the response to antibiotics or other medications in cases of infections, or to track the progress of dietary changes in conditions such as celiac disease.
Screening for colon cancer: Stool testing can be used as a non-invasive screening tool for colon cancer. Certain stool tests, such as the fecal occult blood test (FOBT) or the fecal immunochemical test (FIT), can detect small amounts of blood in the stool, which may indicate the presence of colon cancer or other colorectal conditions. Early detection of colon cancer can significantly improve treatment outcomes.
Identifying digestive enzyme deficiencies: Stool testing can be used to identify deficiencies in digestive enzymes, such as pancreatic insufficiency or lactose intolerance. This information can help guide dietary modifications or enzyme replacement therapy, leading to improved digestion and nutrient absorption.
Personalized treatment plans: Stool testing can provide valuable information about the composition of the gut microbiota, which is the collection of bacteria and other microorganisms that inhabit the gastrointestinal tract. This information can be used to create personalized treatment plans, such as probiotic supplementation or dietary changes, to promote a healthy gut microbiota and overall gut health.
Cost-effective and non-invasive: Stool testing is often considered a cost-effective and non-invasive diagnostic option compared to other invasive procedures, such as colonoscopy or endoscopy. It can provide valuable information without the need for extensive preparation or discomfort associated with invasive procedures.
Shipping Instructions GI MAP
Ship completed Kit Box back to Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory using the FedEx Clinical Pak Mailer provided. Please make note of tracking numbers when
shipping your package.
**Stool sample must be received within 6 days of collection. If you cannot ship the specimen on the day of collection, please refrigerate and ship as soon as possible, preferably within 3 days.
Specimens may be shipped Monday through Friday