IBDoc® Home Test New Patient Support

Guidance for New Patients

Here at Alpha Laboratories we understand that in the current situation access to your clinic for calprotectin testing may be more difficult.

In order to keep well patients out of hospital, your clinician may have introduced you to IBDoc®, a home test and smartphone App that enables you to measure your own calprotectin levels in the comfort and safety of your home.

To help you through this difficult time, we have compiled some useful information below about Calprotectin testing, and how to use the IBDoc, which we hope will assist you when access to your IBD clinic is more tricky.

Patient Information Leaflet (ebook style)

Take a look at our online Patient Information Leaflet, complete with relevant links and videos.

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About the IBDoc® App

Smartphone Compatibility

CalApp® is the smartphone app used with the IBDoc Calprotectin Home Test. It is available for Android and iOS devices. As part of the IBDoc System, CalApp® has been validated for the smartphones listed in this flyer*:

Download the App

Scan this QR to take you straight to your phone’s App store, where you can download the App directly. If your phone isn’t compatible, you should get a message stating that the App is not applicable for the device you are using.

*If your phone isn’t on the approved list, then you just need access to a phone that is – a family member for example.
Access to the App and the data is password protected, so only you will be able to access it.

Useful Literature

IBDoc® Information for Patients

This handy flyer contains step-by-step instructions and guidance on how to run the IBDoc test.

CALEX Cap Patient Instructions

These instructions can help to ensure you take your sample correctly when using the CALEX Cap extraction device.

IBDoc® Troubleshooting Guide for Patients

A troubleshooting guide, aimed specifically at Patients, to assist with using the IBDoc mobile phone App.


IBDoc® Videos

How to Collect a Quality Sample from a range of Faecal Sample Types

Step by Step Instructions

Tutorial for the IBDoc with the updated App – September 2022:

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the new App not request a camera check?

The monthly camera test is no longer required. If you have a test card within the kit this can be discarded.

Where is the camera test /blue background card in the kit?

The App has been updated so that the requirement for a monthly camera check is not required. It is also no longer required to place the test cassette onto the blue background to read the result because the new App uses more reference points to accurately locate the position of the cassette for reading.

Setting up an IBDoc Account:

Click here to take a look at our Step-by-Step guide to setting up an account on the IBDoc App:

Download the IBDoc App Set-up Instructions

Jere et al, BMJ Open Gastroenterology, Volume 8, Issue 1

If you still have questions about IBDoc, click here to visit our IBDoc Frequently Asked Questions page.

PLEASE NOTE: The information on this page is primarily designed for guidance and support. If you have any concerns or questions about your own Calprotectin testing, please speak to the clinic that provided you with the test.

IBDoc® Helpful Hints and Tips

Before taking the test:

  1. It is recommended to take the first sample of the day as this is likely to contain the highest level of calprotectin. Urgency can be an issue in the morning, so it might help to prepare the bathroom the night before for collecting that initial sample.
  2. You don’t have to use the collection papers in the kit if you don’t find these work for you – just so long as the container is clean and the sample doesn’t come into contact with the toilet water (the bleaches and disinfectants will impact the test).
  3. It is best to take the sample in the morning and then continue with your day. In the evening when you will usually not be so rushed, the stool sample should have dissolved into the buffer and you can continue with the rest of the test.

Before loading the solution onto the cassette:

  1. Make sure the phone is fully charged.
  2. Put the phone into airplane mode or do not disturb so that no calls or texts come in whilst you are waiting for the timer.
  3. Log into the App BEFORE you apply the solution to the test cassette. If you have forgotten your password it may take longer to get password reset than the 12 minutes you have to incubate the test in which case it is ruined.
  4. Log into the App to see if the camera check needs to be completed first.
  5. Make sure the kit is ready, the cassette is open, and the card is with the blue side facing up.

Completing the test:

  1. It can sometimes take a while for the solution to flow into the cassette, don’t panic! Don’t press hard down onto the cassette, and don’t shake the CALEX when you’ve moved the leaver into position 2.
  2. The alarm might be significantly quieter than you might expect – Please make sure you listen out for it, especially the first time.
  3. If you struggle to hold the phone still for it to focus rest your elbows on the counter surface.
  4. When you have completed the test, keep the camera test card somewhere safe. The camera check is valid for a month and then needs to be redone – even if you just want to review the results, the App won’t let you until the camera test is confirmed.

How to Take a Sample for Faecal Calprotectin Testing

Calprotectin enters the stool whilst it is contact with the gut wall, and the concentration will vary depending on the transit time of the gut contents. If things are moving rapidly then it may not collect much calprotectin! For this reason it is recommended that the first stool of the day is used – this is likely to have been in the gut overnight and so should contain the highest level of calprotectin. If the first stool isn’t possible then use a sample where there has been a reasonable time between bowel movements.

Empty the bladder before collecting the sample to avoid contamination and dilution with urine. The sample must not come into contact with the toilet water which may contain chemicals that could influence the test result.


How to Take a Calprotectin Sample Instructions:

Read the Patient Blog: IBDoc® and Me

Having struggled with his disease for the last 25 years, Lee Stanley hoped that being able to use the IBDoc would help him to self manage the condition whilst expanding his extremely limited diet. After all, there is only so much chicken, carrot and rice that one person can take!

However, at the time there were no clinics offering IBDoc that Lee could access. Now that Lee has gained access to the IBDoc, he is doing a blog to chart his experience.

Join Lee on his journey and see how he gets on performing his own calprotectin tests.

Click Here to Read His Blog

Follow Lee on Twitter: @IbdocMe