GI® MAP TESTING
Gastrointestinal Microbial Assay Plus (GI-MAP™) is a test to determine what microbes are in a patient stool sample, and in what quantities. It works by repeatedly copying any DNA in the sample and then analyzing what and how much DNA it finds.
We offer this after signing up for consultation with our Registered Dietitian, Tirzah Thompson.
HOW GI-MAP® TESTING WORKS?
The GI-MAP analyzes levels of both good and bad bacteria, viruses, parasites, worms, fungi, as well as immune and digestive markers in your gut. The Gi-map test is an FDA approved test that can be done in the comfort of the patient’s home. It identifies what microbes are in a patient stool sample, and in what quantities.
WHAT MIGHT THE GI-MAP® REVEAL?
A few of the markers revealed with its results:
- PATHOGENS (bacterial, viral and parasitic)
- COMMENSAL BACTERIA (the “good” or beneficial bacteria)
- OPPORTUNISTIC BACTERIA (the “unfavorable” microbes that have potential to cause problems)
- FUNGI & YEAST DIGESTIVE FUNCTION
- IMMUNE FUNCTION OF THE GUT INFLAMMATORY MARKERS
WHY IS QUANTIFICATION USING qPCR TECHNOLOGY SO IMPORTANT?
Unlike other comprehensive stool tests on the market, the GI-MAP can provide practitioners with truly quantitative results. qPCR offers a much more accurate way to detect and quantify clinically-relevant organisms than standard PCR, culture, microscopy, or DNA sequencing-based methods. Accurately assessing how much of an organism’s DNA is present in a patient’s stool sample is essential for helping practitioners to determine the clinical significance of pathogenic organisms and dysbiosis patterns.
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