The Lab Report

Immunochemical FOBT Introduced at UPHSM Laboratory

UPHSM Laboratory is changing from guaiac fecal occult blood test (gFOB) testing to an immunologic test (iFOB). Other integrated delivery networks from around the country have done so for similar reasons; improved sensitivity and specificity and dramatically improved patient compliance. Recently the American College of Gastroenterology has called for the abandonment of guaiac in favor of FIT Testing on an annual basis, along with colonoscopy every 10 years.

The iFOB test provides several advantages over the guaiac method including ease of collection, reduction in the number of samples needed, no dietary restrictions, and greater specificity and sensitivity for human hemoglobin. We expect improved patient compliance due to these factors.

Learn more about UPHSM iFOB testing