Colonoscopy has many uses beyond just screening for colon cancer. It allows us to assess the general health of the colon, identify inflammation, and remove pre-cancerous polyps. Inflammatory states may be visible during colonoscopy (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis), or microscopic and visible only on biopsies taken during the procedure (lymphocytic and collagenous colitis).
Endoscopy allows us to investigate the upper digestive tract, including the esophagus, stomach and duodenum, and identify conditions like acid reflux, Barrett’s esophagus, ulcers, gastritis, celiac disease, and other forms of inflammation. Endoscopy can also be helpful in excluding acid reflux in people who suffer from small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
SIBO breath test
The Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO) breath test is a non-invasive, easy to use, at home gastrointestinal test that detects bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. SIBO is a common gastrointestinal disorder that often underlies chronic gastrointestinal symptoms of maldigestion and malabsorption, including bloating, gas, diarrhea, irregularity, and abdominal pain.
Intestinal Permeability Assessment
The Intestinal Permeability (IP) Assessment is a noninvasive test taken in the comfort of your home that measures absorption and barrier function of the gut. The small intestine functions as a digestive and absorptive organ for nutrients. It also acts as a powerful immune and physical barrier against excessive pathogenic bacteria, food antigens and other macromolecules.
A detailed analysis of all intestinal parasites from all 7 continents (protozoa, trematodes, tapeworms, and nematodes), PCI’s Comprehensive Stool Analysis provides a detailed summary of findings based on the collection of stool samples, including an analysis of bio-indicators – red and white blood cells, mucus, fatty acid crystals, starch granules, undigested tissue, and beneficial bacteria.
Video Capsule Endoscopy
What if physicians had a way to see inside a patient’s GI tract by having them simply swallowing a pill-sized camera? Today, more than a million patients have experienced the benefits from video capsule endoscopy (VCE). With VCE, physicians can visualize the intestines with a small, disposable capsule used to monitor and diagnose disorders of the gastrointestinal tract without sedation or invasive endoscopic procedures.