DNA Stool Analysis
What is GI-MAP?
GI-MAP stands for: Gastrointestinal (GI) Microbial Assay Plus. It is a comprehensive stool test that assesses gut and immune health by analyzing stool DNA. The test utilizes cutting edge, Quantitative PCR technology to provide a true DNA/PCR based stool test. This technology has high sensitivity, specificity and a rapid turnaround.
GI-MAP tests for GI for fungi, bacteria (commensal, pathogenic and opportunistic), virus and parasites in your stool. It also assesses immunologic markers for GI health and function including SIgA, Elastase, Calprotectin and Anti-gliadin testing.
Why perform DNA Stool Analysis?
The GI tract is home to an entire ecosystem of microorganisms living in a symbiotic relationship with the host. They are responsible for many important functions such as vitamin synthesis, hormone production, immune system regulation, and communication within neurological systems of the body.
With the test, clinicians able to assess microbiome and metabolic imbalances accurately, helping patients find solutions to diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, to autoimmune diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Who Would Benefit From GI-MAP Testing?
Individuals with the following symptoms:
Chronic and Acute Gastroenteritis
IBD-Inflammatory Bowel Disease
IBS-Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Acute or chronic diarrhea
Suspected H. pylori Infection
Fungal or Yeast Infections
Bacterial & Parasitic Infections
GI-MAP + Zonulin*
*Zonulin: marker for intestinal permeability (leaky gut).
Food intolerances, bacteria and parasite infections are one of the main causes of leaky gut and one of the best ways to measure leaky gut is by testing Zonulin.
Why Test Here?
Our expert nutritionist at My Dr's Pharmacy will help you interpret the significance of your results. She will help develop a personalize protocol, including a diet plan, supplement and herb protocol with actionable items to address your needs, based on results and symptoms.
Because it does a qualitative and quantitative analysis of several markers, you can expect it to provide evidence-based, clear, and transparent results.
1. Come into our retail location to pick up your kit. If you live very far away, we can make special arrangements for you. Just ask!
2. DO NOT discontinue taking supplements, probiotics or prescription medications unless directed by your physician.
3. We will help you fill out the Test Request Form. Payment is due the day you receive the kit.
4. Take test kit home and collect stool. If possible void urine prior to collecting stool. Collect stool by passing stool onto Collection tray.
5. Using the spoon attached to the cap of the vial, spoon stool from different areas of the sample into the vial. Fill vial to the red fill line. Just over half full.
6. Carefully mix stool and fluid with the spoon. Replace cap tightly and shake vial vigorously for 30 seconds.
7. Place cap vial into ziplock specimen bag along with absorbent pad. Seal the bag. Place the specimen bag with the sample vial into the kit box.
8. Place Test Request Form into the box with the sample and ship to laboratory. A shipping label is included with your test kit. Ship directly from your home. Please DO NOT bring kit back to the pharmacy. See shipping instructions below.**
9. Result turnaround time is 7-10 business days. We will call you once you results are in to go over the results with you.
**If you cannot ship the specimen on the day of collection please refrigerate the sample by placing the box containing the sample into the refrigerator.
Specimens may be shipped Monday through Friday. The lab receives specimens 5 days a week. Locate the FedEx Clinical Pak mailer. Fill in your name and address on the shipping label attached to the outside of mailer. Place kit box into FedEx Clinical Pak. Remove strip to reveal sticky film and press both sides of mailer together to seal the pouch.
What are the Test Kit collection requirements?
Test kits come with collection instructions for the patient.
If you cannot ship the specimen on the day of collection, please refrigerate the sample.
Specimens should be received by lab within 6 days of collection for optimal results.
Is the patient responsible for postage?
No, test kits include a pre-paid envelope if mailed in the U.S.
International customers must pay for shipping unless prior contract exists.
Can I drop off test kit at local FedEx office?
Yes, please follow the packing and shipping instructions provided with the test kit.
Are you In-network for insurance companies?
We are a Medicare provider.
We are not contracted with any commercial insurance plans.
We are considered Out-of-network but many plans recognize our specialized testing
Do I need to stop taking any of my medications before I collect my GI-MAP sample?
No. Please continue taking all medications as directed by your doctor.
I accidentally threw out test kit box. Can I use different box?
Yes, use any clean small box.
Absorbent Material missing:
Not needed, but you can use a napkin/paper towel.
I spilled some of the liquid from the collection vial. What should I do?
If you only spilled a small amount, you can still use the vial. Be sure to only fill the vial to the RED fill line. If you spilled a large amount or you feel you need a new vial, please contact your clinician or call Diagnostic Solutions for a replacement vial.
Can I ship my specimen on Friday?
Yes, it is ok to ship specimens to us on Friday. The lab receives specimens 6 days a week. We only require that the specimen be received within 6 days after collection.
Does the sample need to be refrigerated and/or frozen?