Diagnostic tests

Diagnostic tests

You can’t fix something if you don’t know what’s wrong.

Problems with your stomach and intestines can range from the niggling to having a severe effect on the way you plan your life.

Getting answers isn’t always easy, which is why we’re here to help. Your doctor or consultant can refer you to us for a wide range of tests. There are no waiting lists or waiting time – and since we use the latest science and technology, the results offer a high degree of accuracy.

And our team recognise what you’ve been going through, so you’ll find the process caring and understanding.

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Diagnostic testing

Oesophageal manometry

The muscles in your oesophagus may be causing symtoms such as reflux, chest discomfort or problems with swallowing. This test tells us if your muscles are working as they should.

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Reflux testing

This test measures any acidic or non-acidic reflux you get over the test period to help determine a possible cause.

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Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) breath test

Your symptoms may be caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in your small intestine. This breath test can help detect if this is the case.

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Carbohydrate malabsorption breath test

This simple breath test can explore whether you have an intolerance to sugars such as lactose or fructose.

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Wireless motility capsule (SmartPill™)

The SmartPill measures the function of your bowel by taking series of measurements such as pH and pressure as the capsule travels through your gastrointestinal tract.

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Gastric emptying test

We’ll measure how well your stomach empties by asking you to eat a small meal and then testing your breath over time.

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Anorectal manometry

If you’re having problems with your bowel movements, this test helps determine if the strength of the muscles in your rectum might be part of the problem.

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Defaecography

This test involves involves X-raying your bowels while you’re emptying them to determine why you’re having trouble opening them.

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Endoanal ultrasound (3D)

If you’ve been having bowel problems, this test measures the strength of the muscles in your anal canal, which may be weak or damaged.

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Pudendal nerve function test

This test studies how well the nerves in your pelvic floor are working, since these control the muscles in your back passage and may be causing your bowel problems.

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Colonic transit study

A colonic transit study investigates how long it takes for faeces to pass through your bowel.

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Helicobacter pylori breath test

This simple breath test detects Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium which causes a range of problems in the lining of the stomach and intestines.

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Laryngopharyngeal reflux testing

This test provides information on how much reflux you are getting in your throat and helps to determine if this is causing your symptoms.

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Biofeedback

This treatment helps to retrain your bowel if you’re experiencing faecal incontinence or difficulty going to the toilet.

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