Pulmonary Diagnostics offers a wide range of testing used to evaluate your lungs and diagnose your condition. Testing of lung function is standard practice in the evaluation and care of various cardiopulmonary disorders. With this information, your physician can develop a treatment plan that can keep your breathing under control or evaluate the need for further testing or treatment.
Your doctor may order one or more pulmonary function tests that measure
- How much air you can take into your lungs and how fast you can blow the air out (spirometry)
- How much air you exhale and how much air is left in your lungs after you exhale (lung volumes)
- How much oxygen is transported from your lungs to your blood (lung diffusion)
You may be tested before and after taking inhaled medication, and you may be asked to repeat the tests from time to time as part of your treatment plan.
Your doctor may also order other tests to help diagnose your lung disease. These may include pulse oximetry to measure the level of oxygen in your blood at rest and after exercise, a blood gas test to measure the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide in your blood, and a methacholine challenge test used to diagnose asthma.