Diagnostic Testing

Visual Contrast Sensitivity (VCS) Test

Surviving Mold
VCSTest.com

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.

Sonic HealthcareNutriPATHMedicare rebate
Sonic Healthcare are a network of pathology laboratories in every Australian state. See their website or the picture below for locations in your state.

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)
Sample Report

It can be fully or partly Medicare rebateable depending on your practitioner and laboratory. Medicare number 71151. No rebate is available via NutriPATH.

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

Sunshine CoastSydneyMelbournePerthOther Radiology CentersMedicare
Pacific Radiology
49 Baden Powell Street
Maroochydore QLD 4558
P: (07) 5409 2800
pacificradiology.com.au

Note: Only for Dr. Sandeep Gupta’s and Dr. Georgina Hale’s patients at present

St Vincent’s Hospital
Level 3, Xavier Building
360 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
P: (02)  8382 3495
svhm.org.au

I-Med Network Radiology
Suite 3, Level 1
38B Albert Ave
Chatswood NSW 2067
P: (02) 8440 3100
i-med.com.au

Imaging Associates Box Hill
Ekera Medical
Level 1, 116-118 Thames St
Box Hill VIC 3128
P: (03) 8843 7999
F: (03) 8843 7988
E: boxhill@imagingassocicates.net.au
W: www.imagingassociates.net.au

Imaging Central
29 Collier Road
Morley WA 6062
Contact: Jen Pickford
P: (08) 9267 6900
E: Jen@ImagingCentral.com.au
W: www.imagingcentral.com.au

Imaging Central (Perth) can process an MRI with the correct settings (non-contrast) and generate the Cortech’s report for $200 AUD. The report will be sent to your referring doctor.

“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.

Contact Cortechs Labs

The MRI portion can be covered by Medicare if you fulfill the criteria for “unexplained seizure(s)” or “chronic headaches with suspected intracranial pathology” item number 63551 if referred by a General Practitioner.  Although this ultimately rests with the requesting practitioner.

There will usually be an additional charge for NeuroQuant processing by Cortechs labs ($100-$200 AUD).

Blood Biomarker Tests

VIP, ADH, LeptinOsmolality, Hormones, AntibodiesNutriPATHMedicare
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital/Sydney South West Pathology
Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide (VIP)
Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH) aka Vasopressin
Leptin

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.

Any pathology lab
Osmolality (serum only – not urine)
Testosterone
Estradiol
ACTH
Cortisol AM
DHEA
Antigliadin antibodies  IgA/IgG
Cardiolipin antibodies IgA/IgG/IgM
NutriPATH’s blood tests and mould panel (apart from HLA DR/DQ and MARCoNS) cannot be recommended at this time due to inaccuracies compared to Quest Diagnostics. Reference: Mold Illness in Children webinar 35m.

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.

Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide can be Medicare rebateable, item 66695.

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.

MARCoNS

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.

Microbiology Dx (USA)NutriPATH (Aus)
Microbiology DX
19A Crosby Drive
Bedford MA 01730, USA
P: +1 (781) 265 4956
microbiologydx.com
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)
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Disclaimer
The author of this resources section has no financial interest in any of the diagnostic testing companies mentioned above. Image credit: Bigstock.com