Non-invasive breath tests can serve as valuable diagnostic tools in medicine as they can determine particular enzymatic and metabolic functions in vivo. This has wide applications in the fields of gastroenterology, oncology, hepatology and nutrition control.

A 13CO2 breath test measures increased levels of 13CO2 in exhaled breath after ingestion of a stable 13C isotope labelled substance and its subsequent metabolism with a specific function or enzyme as a rate limiting step. Breath samples are collected and analysed with an appropriate analytical technique, measuring the stage between ingestion by the patient of the labeled substance and its appearance in the exhaled breath.

Urea Breath Test (UBT) refers to the test used to detect the presence of Helicobacter Pylori (H Pylori), a common stomach bacteria.

Diabact UBT is a patented 13C Urea-containing prescription-only formulation from Kibion AB (Sweden) that enjoys a number of clear advantages compared to other systems. Diabact® UBT is a method with unique advantages:

  • No need for a test meal (such as orange juice, citric acid) 
  • No mixing of solution (urea powder + liquid)
  • Only 10 minutes wait (compared with 30+ minutes)
  • Specificity 100 % / sensitivity 98%