Genova Diagnostics is one of the labs I’ve used to do comprehensive stool analyses for my clients. I’ve been asked how Genova Diagnostics compares to Doctor’s Data Laboratories, the other facility that I’ve used for stool testing. I’m not one to say one’s better or worse than the other. I would say that they would both be on par.
Like Doctor’s Data, Genova Diagnostics is an excellent lab just like Doctor’s Data. A lot of it comes down to personal preference. Some argue that Genova Diagnostics has much better reports and better training systems. Genova Diagnostics also offers interpretive guides you can download off the internet, although I think you can do the same with Doctor’s Data. The interpretative guide allows you to do a stool test and review the results yourself. You can also work with a doctor who can interpret the results.
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Both Genova Diagnostics and Doctor’s Data use identical techniques for their analysis. PCR technology is used for anaerobic bacteria, and a laser ionization is used to identify yeast or parasites. Thousands of different types of bacteria and yeast can be identified now quite accurately with this brand-new DNA laser technique.
My personal preference is to use Doctor’s Data in Chicago, but other clinicians may very well prefer Genova Diagnostics. I can work with reports from either laboratory because both provide valuable information. The Genova stool test is quite species-specific. Their report includes a couple of pages identifying what species of bacteria they found and what amounts. I don’t need to know this information. Instead, I much prefer to work with a very basic report that I get back from Doctor’s Data with the beneficial column, the imbalance column, and the dysbiotic column. I find this is all the information I generally need. If I need to know more than that, I’ll often request a SIBO breath test to identify the type and amounts of bacteria in the small intestine.
You can’t go wrong using Genova Diagnostics for stool testing. The price is generally higher for testing done through Genova Diagnostics compared to Doctor’s Data, but the reports from each are very helpful in treating gut problems.