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BIPS, or Barium Impregnated Polyethylene Spheres, now provide a range of diagnostic options which reduce the need to undertake exploratory surgery on cats and dogs. Combined with x-rays, spheres of two sizes are used to detect blockages and motility problems in the stomach and intestines. The spheres are administered in food (or by mouth) avoiding the problem of giving liquid barium by stomach tube and syringe. Unlike liquid barium the small sized BIPS behave in a similar way to food in the gut. As they can be counted and gut transit times compared with an average speed for healthy animals, the potential for more accurate diagnosis is greatly improved.


BIPS are indicated for the diagnosis of gastrointestinal obstructions and gastrointestinal motility disorders in dogs and cats. Specifically, BIPS are helpful in detecting physical obstructions (including partial obstructions), functional obstructions (ileus), delayed gastric emptying due to pyloric stenosis or gastric rhythm disturbances, overly rapid gastric emptying (dumping) and intestinal motility disorders.



BIPS are inert, white, low density, radiopaque, barium-impregnated polyethylene spheres. They have a density similar to food but are sufficiently radiodense to show clearly on abdominal radiographs. BIPS are packaged with an information booklet in a Dual Cap pack (one of each option below) and in bulk packs of 15 options - either comprising 15 Small Cap Options or 15 Large Cap Options. The two diagnostic options of BIPS are:


The primary functions of the large BIPS (5.0mm) is the detection of gastrointestinal (GI) tract obstructions. The small BIPS (1.5mm) mimic the passage of food, and their transit through the GI tract provides an accurate estimate of the gastric emptying rate and intestinal transit time of food. The Small Cap Option consists of 4 small gelatin capsules which are primarily formatted for administration to cats and small dogs. The Large Cap Option enables the same number of BIPS as in the Small Cap Option to be formatted as a single capsule for administration to large dogs or broken open and mixed with fibre diet.



Small Cap Option

30 - 1.5mm BIPS

10 - 5.0mm BIPS



Large Cap Option

30 - 1.5mm BIPS

10 - 5.0mm BIPS



Use BIPS to definitively diagnose gastrointestinal obstructions and motility disorders in cats and dogs without using liquid barium. Combined with x-rays and extensive university-based research, BIPS provide you with a safe, accurate diagnostic procedure - and reduce the need for exploratory surgery.



Unlike liquid barium, BIPS are gelatin capsules that can be administered easily in food or by mouth. Available two ways-four small capsules for cats and small dogs; or one large capsule for large dogs or to break open and disperse in food.

Order a 5 or 10 Dose Pack from your distributor….and with proof of purchase MED I.D. will give you a free copy of the case study manual which includes 80 pages of extensive university-based research and answers to the most frequently asked questions about the product. BIPS was developed by Professor Grant Guilford, BVSc, Dip ACVIM, Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand.

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Read our BIPS manual to learn more about this diagnostic procedure (Case Studies included).

Order the New 5 or 10 Dose Pack… Get a free Case Study Manual. BIPS are a safe, alternative form of diagnosis for in-clinic detection of physical obstructions (complete, partial or linear) functional obstructions (ileus), delayed gastric emptying, and intestinal motility disorders. And now we’ve made it even more convenient by offering you new 5 & 10 dose packs…along with our popular Dual Packs and 15 Dose size.

These low density, radiopaque, plastic spheres (5mm & 1.5mm) show up clearly on abdominal x-rays to help you interpret the patient’s symptoms.


Use the links below for more information on BIPS.






Case Studies





Veterinary BIPS


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X-Ray Label Tape


Density Filters



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