Why do the BIPS show on the X-Ray?

BIPS are polyethylene spheres impregnated with barium. This allows them to show up on x-rays. These tiny spheres are manufactured to specifications pre-determined from multiple tests conducted by Dr. Grant Guilford at Massey University in New Zealand. The size and quantity needed to perform accurate diagnostic studies for both obstructions and motility malfunctions are then placed into gelatin capsules, which completely dissolve in the stomach. This then allows the BIPS to proceed through the pets digestive system for diagnostic purposes.

When do I shoot my first X-Ray?

The answer depends on the condition of the patient and what you suspect the problem may be. If the objective is to rule in or rule out a physical obstruction, quite often the procedure will be to dose the pet with BIPS and wait until the BIPS pass through the digestive system to the colon. This waiting period can be determined by reviewing the normal study data included with each package of BIPS. Remember that BIPS travel at the same rate as food, not liquid. This allows the user to accurately measure transit time thus determining possible motility malfunctions.

Do weight and size of the pet determine the BIPS dose amount?

No. The dose is the same in all pets, large and small. To do an effective study it is recommended that each pet receive a dose containing 10 large (5mm) and 30 small (1.5mm) spheres. This total amount is inserted in a single gelatin capsule measuring 1” long by 3/8” in diameter. The large dose is the preferred option if a pet is capable of swallowing a capsule this size. If the pet is not capable of swallowing the larger capsule, the same number of spheres (10 large - 30mm) is included in four smaller gelatin capsules with the recommended small dose option being all four capsules.

Aren't BIPS too expensive when compared to a liquid procedure?

No. BIPS are actually much less expensive than a liquid procedure. When making this comparison please be sure to compare the total procedure cost. Many times an accurate diagnosis can be obtained when using BIPS with as little as one x-ray. The procedure calls for dosing the animal with one capsule, waiting the desired amount of time, then shooting an x-ray. Compare this to the liquid dosing of a pet, the length of time needed to shoot multiple x-rays, the personnel involved and the clean up before and after use. And I am sure you will agree that BIPS is much more economical.