What does it measure?
The Gastrointestinal Microbial Assay Plus (GI-MAP) is a proprietary test created by Diagnostic Solutions. It is an innovative clinical tool that measures gastrointestinal microbiota DNA from a single stool sample. GI-MAP provides valuable data when evaluating symptoms related to:
Why do I use it?
To detect pathogens, GI-MAP analysis relies on real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), or quantitative PCR (qPCR), among the most powerful and sensitive gene analysis techniques available to detect the DNA of microorganisms.
GI-MAP is much more sensitive than a conventional stool test. PCR technology amplifies DNA of the microorganisms that are present. The microorganism does not have to be alive for it to be detected. For example, a parasite could be dead or in a dormant phase and it will still be detected in the stool test. PCR does not rely on the microorganisms that are alive and able to grow on a culture plate outside the human body. Bacteria and parasites that may be missed on a conventional stool text can be identified with GI-MAP.
When do I use it?
Common symptoms that warrant detailed gastrointestinal analysis include:
How to take the test
The test requires a single stool sample you can collect in the comfort of your home. Mail your sample in the provided mailer within 24 hours of collection. Results are usually available in 1-2 weeks.