GI-Map Test – GI Microbial Assay Plus

The ground-breaking test targeting vital markers for gastrointestinal health

GI-Map Test

PRACTITIONER GUIDE
TO THE GI-MAP TEST

Science-based testing. Nutritional solutions. Educational support.

Gastrointestinal Health is our cornerstone and the core to designing a wellness pathway for your patients.
That’s why we have helped develop science-based GI gut health mapping tools, leading-edge products,
education and product protocols for healthcare practitioners and their patients.

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GI-MAP INTERPRETATIONS

Get support for your GI-Map Report

15-minute consultations are available with a Designs for Health Australia Technical team member.

Consultations are available between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.
You must book 24 hours in advance.
Consultations conducted by phone – details provided upon confirmation.

When Designs for Health Australia receives the patient GI-Map Report, you will be notified by email with a copy of the report.
You will also receive a link to pay for the report and an invitation to make an appointment for an Interpretation Consultation.

Send GI-Map enquiries to:
gi-map@designsforhealth.com.au

GI-Map Test Kit

GI-Map Australian Prices

  • GI-Map Test Kit (free shipping)             $20.00

GI-Map Test Kit (with patient guide) can be sent direct to patients or to practitioner clinic.
Phone support for results interpretation is available from DFH technical team.

ORDERING PROCEDURE:

  1. (Recommended) Complete the
    Online GI-Map Test Request Form 
  2. Alternatively, send a copy of a completed PDF form to orders@designsforhealth.com.au

GI-MAP RESOURCES

Guides for Practitioners and their Patients

The GI-Map is a valuable test for you and your patient.
In order to understand the process and prepare your patient for the test, we have created simple-to-follow and downloadable guides to help you successfully use the GI-Map Test in clinical practice.
The resources below will guide you through each stage – and if you have any further questions, feel free to contact the DFH Australia GI-Map Experts by emailing gi-map@designsforhealth.com.au or phoning 02 9136 6266.

GI-MAP FAQs

Accuracy of the GI Map Test

Q: Would you please advise the % accuracy of the GI Map test.  If same stool sample was processed separately 3 times, would the results be identical?

A: Yes, results would be almost identical, although there could be some very slight variations. In fact, some results look almost identical when run at 3 to 6-month intervals. And family members also tend to have very similar results. So, the day to day variance is negligible.

Complete Microbiome Picture

Q: With recent research determining how varied the microflora is along the different parts of the GIT, how much of this microbiome picture are we going to be getting from this GI Map test?

A: The GI-MAP is not designed to identify every organism present in the GI tract. It is designed to positively identify – and diagnose- common pathogens, and assess the most relevant dysbiotic bacteria/yeast/parasites. In addition, it evaluates important “keystone” species of bacteria, which allows practitioners to assess the overall health of the microbiome.

Accuracy of Parasitology

Q: For parasitology accuracy, most stool tests require 3 days of stool samples.  How does the GI Map maintain its accuracy with only one stool sample?

A: DNA analysis is highly sensitive, allowing us to detect organisms in amounts as low as a few cells per gram of stool. Microscopy would be unable to detect levels this low, so to improve the chances of recovery multiple samples are required.

Dosage Duration for Product Prescriptions

Q: It would be helpful to know what order and length each product needs to be used with each bacteria /pathogen to get the best results. Does DFH/ DSL have any information about this?

A: Generally, this information can be found in the DFH interpretation guide and product sheet. Keep in mind, duration of treatment may vary from person to person depending on the organisms found and the severity of dysbiosis.

Patient Timing for GI-Map Test

Q: When shouldn’t a patient undertake this test?  E.g. What are some interfering factors that would make this test inappropriate, or affect the results?

A: There are really no “interfering factors”. DNA analysis is unaffected by drugs or diet. A practitioner may, however, wish to wait a couple of weeks after antimicrobial therapy to allow the microbiome to reach a steady state.

Laboratory Testing Accuracy

Q: Please advise the accuracy of the laboratory testing for the GI Map test?

A: When it comes to laboratory reporting, % accuracy is described in terms of sensitivity and specificity. Although the analytes vary slightly, the sensitivity and specificity are generally about 95% or better. DNA technology allows for greater precision. That’s why most hospital and reference labs commonly run DNA analysis for pathogens. However, those labs run DNA on a multiplex platform, while Diagnostic Solutions takes it the next level – by running qPCR (quantitative PCR) DNA analysis.

Normal Limits for Bacteria

Q: How are the normal limits of all these bacteria established

A: Some by FDA standards, others by a combination of literature, population studies and datasets.

GI-Map Test / PCR Stool Test / CDSA Test

Q: It would be helpful to know what order and length each product needs to be used with each bacteria /pathogen to get the best results. Does DFH/ DSL have any information about this?

A: Generally, this information can be found in the DFH interpretation guide and product sheet. Keep in mind, duration of treatment may vary from person to person depending on the organisms found and the severity of dysbiosis.

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