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Monday, April 9, 2018

Heidelberg pH Test

What is a Heidelberg pH Test? A friend mentioned he had this test on a comment on one of my pages on Facebook. I had never heard of this test before, so I wanted to do some research into it. As it turns out, this test really does encompass a wide range of things it tests for. It reminds me of the Smart Pill test, in a way, but broadened. So, after reading about it, below is the information I found concerning the test.




According to Heidelberg Medical,

"What is a Heidelberg pH Test?

The Test will accurately verify the presence of a common Digestive Disorder

The Physician will require a complete Medical History before the Test

There will be a Transceiver that is placed over the Patient’s stomach during the test.

The pre test instructions will help achieve the most accurate results.

There is no discomfort during a Heidelberg pH test. Patients are relaxed and comfortable.

Remember to grab a good old fashioned distraction to pass the time.

Due to wireless interference, cell phones and personal electronic devices may need to be powered off.

The results are immediate so the Physician may have the post test consultation the same day.






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Heidelberg pH Diagnostic Test will accurately verify the presence of low stomach acid production, high stomach acid production, no acid in the stomach, Dumping Syndrome, Acute or sub Acute Gastritis, Heavy Mucus in the stomach, and Pyloric insufficiency.

The Test is accomplished by measuring the time it takes for the acid producing cells (Parietal Cells) in the stomach to produce the required Hydrochloric acid. The strength of the acid (pH) is also measured during the test.

Patients are required to complete a consent form for the Physician’s Office Staff. If you have reservations about having a pH test, please discuss them with the Physician. Mental anguish and stress will only alter the test results.

The Technician will calibrate the pH Capsule to ensure it accurately records the pH values. The Technician will then place a transceiver over the Patient’s stomach. The transceiver receives and transmits the information from the pH Capsule and sends it wirelessly to the computer where the information is displayed. The nurse will rinse the pH Capsule and give it the Patient to swallow with a sip of water.

There is no discomfort during a Heidelberg pH Test. Patients are asked to relax and get comfortable while the test is being done. Remember to grab a good old fashioned distraction to pass the time.

Results are ready for the Physician to review as soon as the Technician ends the Test. Many Physicians opt to have a post test consultation as soon as the test is complete. In many cases the doctor will establish a treatment protocol on the same day. In many instances, after testing and treatment, patients stated that they feel better and healthier in just two or three days.


Unlike other procedures, the Heidelberg pH diagnostic test is an in-office procedure that does not require sedation or the use of a stomach tube.

There is no trauma or discomfort associated with our test, and the results of the Heidelberg test are available to the doctor as soon as the test is complete. Why go through an unpleasant procedure like the nasal-gastric intubation, when you can have a Heidelberg Diagnostic test?




Physicians

As the examining Physician, you will always hear a wide spectrum of complaints from your patients. By adding The Heidelberg pH Diagnostic System to your method of testing, you can be assured of having a comprehensive overview of the patients’ first stage of digestion. We believe you will find that the results of your treatment protocols will be enhanced from the pH data, which this test provides. There is no guess work involved and the test results are reproducible.

When the total digestive system is in pH balance, You can expect higher levels of conversion and absorption of ingested foods and medications. In addition, you can expect an appreciable enhancement of the patient’s immune systems! This is a very encouraging step for all aspects of successful treatment! The digestive system supports the immune system. Without proper conversion and absorption of the foods, medications, and supplements, the immune system cannot function at its optimum level. The Heidelberg pH Diagnostic System can be used to bring the first stage of digestion to its optimum performance level for good conversion and absorption.





Researchers

The Heidelberg Diagnostic technology has been used over the past 39 years by Researchers and Pharmaceutical companies throughout the world.

Some of the recognized Pharmaceutical companies are; Pfizer (Global Research and Development), Boehringer Ingelheim, Tap Pharmaceuticals, Bayer, Merck, Glaxo, SmithKline and Novo Nordisk (Denmark).

When a pharmaceutical company develops a new medication, they use the Heidelberg diagnostic system to perform pharmacokinetic studies to determine the activity of the medication on the human body. This is where, in many cases, the Heidelberg technology becomes a valuable research tool, in assuring the safety of a newly developed medication. These studies are use to determine bodily absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs.

Before testing newly developed medications on humans, many pharmaceutical companies test their products on animals. Tests on animals include the use of swine, dogs, monkeys, etc. As part of their approval process, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires testing of many newly developed medications in humans before being approved for use in the open market.

Researchers in many medical teaching colleges and research facilities use the Heidelberg Diagnostic system for testing the side effects of drugs. They also monitor the body pH when testing new vaccines to counter the effect of contagious diseases.

The Pharmaceutical Grade Heidelberg Diagnostic system can be configured to test from 1 to 8 subjects at the same time without interaction. Custom built systems can be configured to test 16 or more subjects at the same time without interaction.

Our current Bibliography of research studies contains over 150 published studies, conducted by researchers, pharmaceutical companies, clinicians, medical teaching colleges and hospitals. A copy of these studies are available upon request.





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Heidelberg pH Diagnostic Systems

The Portable Heidelberg pH Diagnostic System is an innovative system that is ideal for any busy practice, where a stationary desktop computer system would have it’s limitations. It can be transported from one room to another, or from one facility to another. The dedicated laptop computer, and a compact micro-jet printer, is placed on a movable medical grade laboratory cart that has lockable casters, with an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS system), with an 8 foot electrical cord. The laboratory cart has a built security feature that allow you to safely store your computer, printer and other equipment in a lockable storage cabinet, when they are not being used. The portable Heidelberg pH Diagnostic System can be used for single, or multiple, patient pH Diagnostic Testing.

The standard clinical grade Heidelberg Diagnostic systems can be configured to test from 1 to 8 patients simultaneously without interaction. Our custom built systems can be configured to test from 1 to 16 patients at the same time without interaction.




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Exclusivity

The FDA requires that system operators (nurses or technicians) be training in the use of the system and do testing under the supervision of a licensed physician. Third party reimbursement depends on individual states and individual insurance companies, and the form in which the CPT coding is submitted.

The Heidelberg pH Capsule package insert reads: CAUTION: Federal law restricts this device to sale only by, or on the order of a qualified physician. A patient history and examination are required before administering this diagnostic test.

Example: Crohn’s Disease, or any history of intestinal blockage, adhesions and/or history of bleeding.


We are active with clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetic research studies with major universities and major American and European pharmaceutical companies.

View our testing software simulation.


Included…

Medical Grade Lab Cart
Dedicated Laptop Computer
Heidelberg Interface Module
Heidelberg Digital Transceiver
Portable Ink Jet Printer
Comprehensive Technical Training Videos
Comprehensive Technical Training Manual
Heidelberg Testing Program CD Package
Capsule Calibration Test Fixture
1 Pint (500 mL) pH 1 Calibration Solution
1 Pint (500 mL) pH 7 Calibration Solution
Uninterrupted Power Supply(UPS System)
Additional Equipment…


pH Capsule Locator

The per test disposables are pH capsules, distilled water and Saline. Everything else necessary, for over a hundred pH tests, is included with the system purchase."






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