Modern, simple testing for Helicobacter pylori

The Heliprobe® system by Kibion is a primary diagnostic tool for detecting the presence of Helicobacter pylori, and for eradication treatment follow-up.

The compact size and simplicity of the system means breath tests can be conducted in your rooms with the results available right away.

The system comprises a capsule, a card for capturing the breath sample and the analyser unit. The HeliCap™ capsule contains labelled urea and is swallowed by the patient. The BreathCard contains a medium designed to trap the breath being tested. It includes an indicator window that changes colour when enough breath has been collected. The Heliprobe analyser is a small, sturdy desktop sized unit with a simple interface.

Patients swallow a HeliCap™ capsule. After 10 minutes, the patient will breath into a BreathCard™ which holds the breath sample. The card is then placed into the HeliProbe analyser and a button press initiates the analysis. After 250 seconds the result of the test is available.

Photo of patient swallowing HeliCap capsule.
Photos of patient breathing into breath card. Photos of HeliProbe in use.

Cost Effective

The HeliProbe analyser is a low cost medical device. In addition, the Australian Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) provides a rebate that can help specialists and pathologists reclaim the cost the cost of urea breath tests for H. pylori.

MBS Item 12533 allows specialists or consultant physicians to perform UBTs to confirm H. pylori colonisation or monitor the success of eradication.

Fee*: $81.40 75% Benefit: $61.05 85% Benefit: $69.20

A similar MBS Item (66900) is available for pathology services.

* Correct as of September 2011. Please refer to the MBS website for the latest information.