Benefits of Breath Testing Include:
- Simple preparation
- No exposure to radiation
- Easy for patients to perform
New technology allows easy measurement of these gases in exhaled breath.
Breath testing allows detection of Helicobacter pylori, an important bacterial cause of gastric and duodenal ulcers.
Dairy (lactose) intolerance and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) are analysed by measuring breath hydrogen.
Stomach, liver and pancreatic function are assessed by measuring breath carbon dioxide.