Visual Contrast Sensitivity (VCS) Test
HLA DR/DQ Gene Test
The HLA DR/DQ gene test show haplotypes (gene combinations) which show susceptibility to CIRS-WDB/mould, Lyme and multi-susceptible (susceptibility to mould, chronic Lyme and dinoflagellates/ciguatera/toxic algae). Interpretation can be done by a CIRS aware health professional or the HLA calculator. If you are still unsure please post your results in the Facebook group.
Test must be drawn at Sonic Healthcare or NutriPATH laboratory for proper reporting, see below.
Test name: HLA Panel Screen (DR and DQ) / HLA-DR, HLA-DQ / HLA DR/DQ Celiac studies
NutriPATH do the HLA DR/DQ test in the correct format as well.
Test name: HLA DQ/DR Genetic Studies
Test number: 3401
Test cost: $180 (AUS)
Private cost ranges from $119-$180.
NeuroQuant (Volumetric MRI)
NeuroQuant by Cortech Labs is a software program that can map 11 brain regions for microscopic changes on an MRI scan. Dr. Shoemaker has identified several areas of atrophy and hypertrophy that gives a fingerprint of CIRS-WDB and/or acute Lyme disease.
Your doctor will receive a “General Morphology Report” which they can interpret using a spreadsheet (also available from Biotoxin Help).
More info about NeuroQuant: Biotoxin Journey
49 Baden Powell Street
Maroochydore QLD 4558
P: (07) 5409 2800
Note: Only for Dr. Sandeep Gupta’s and Dr. Georgina Hale’s patients at present
Level 3, Xavier Building
360 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
P: (02) 8382 3495
I-Med Network Radiology
Suite 3, Level 1
38B Albert Ave
Chatswood NSW 2067
P: (02) 8440 3100
29 Collier Road
Morley WA 6062
Contact: Jen Pickford
P: (08) 9267 6900
“NeuroQuant is compatible with most modern, closed-bore 1.5 T & 3.0 T scanners from GE, Siemens, Phillips and Toshiba and 1.5 T Hitachi scanners.” (Cortech Labs FAQ)
It used to be possible to send the CD/DVD of the images that you can mail (or upload electronically) to Cortechs labs. Unfortunately, Cortechs have stopped dealing with the public directly.
There will usually be an additional charge for NeuroQuant processing by Cortechs labs ($100-$200 AUD).
Blood Biomarker Tests
Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide (VIP)
Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH) aka Vasopressin
Most pathology labs can collect and send to Royal Prince Alfred/Sydney Southwest Pathology.
Leptin and VIP are fasting tests.
Osmolality should be drawn at the same time as ADH.
Osmolality (serum only – not urine)
Antigliadin antibodies IgA/IgG
Cardiolipin antibodies IgA/IgG/IgM
No other Australian diagnostic testing for TGF-b1, VEGF, C3a, C4a, MMP-9, MSH currently available.
Many of the CIRS certified/aware doctors are sending bloods to Quest Diagnostics in the USA in batches.
All of the tests under “Osmolality, Hormones, Antibodies” can be Medicare rebateable.
ADH and Leptin are out of pocket tests. Costs for these two markers vary depending on which lab draws them.
There is no Medicare rebate for NutriPATH or Quest Diagnostics.
Multiple Antibiotic Resistant COagulase Negative Staphylococci – are organisms that colonise in the nasal areas due to low MSH, and produce toxins and deplete MSH further.
19A Crosby Drive
Bedford MA 01730, USA
P: +1 (781) 265 4956
Requisition form (PDF)
Microbiology DX will FedEx collection kits free worldwide, visit the Order Kits page (add Australia to the “City, State, Zip” field) . You don’t have to use FedEx to send the sample back, simple Australia Post Airmail letter ($2.75) is fine.
Alternatively you can use Melbourne based lab NutriPATH, who send the swab on to Microbiology Dx.
Test name: MARCoNS Swab
Test number: 3404
Cost: $150 (AUS)