PULMONARY FUNCTION TEST
WHAT IS A PULMONARY FUNCTION TEST?
Pulmonary function test is a non-invasive test that assesses how well your lungs are working. It involves how well you are able to breathe and how effective your lungs are able to deliver oxygen to the rest of your body.
WHY IS AUTONOMIC TESTING DONE?
A pulmonary function test may be performed if:
- You are suffering from any lung problems
- You are exposed to harmful substances
- Your doctor wants to monitor the course of chronic lung disease, such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Your doctor wants to monitor how well your lungs are functioning before you undergo a surgery
COMPONENTS OF A PULMONARY FUNCTION TEST
Spirometry is used by doctors to determine how well the lungs are functioning. It works by monitoring the flow of air in and out of the lungs. You are asked to breathe into a spirometer that records the amount and speed of air you breathe in and out.
Plethysmography test records the variations in volume in an organ or the whole body. This is measured with blood pressure cuffs or other sensors connected to a computer called a plethysmograph and is effective in measuring the functional residual capacity of the lungs.
Diffusion capacity test is used to monitor how well the alveoli in your lungs are functioning. You may be asked to breathe in other gasses such as oxygen, helium, or carbon dioxide.
RISKS OF GETTING A PULMONARY FUNCTION TEST
Pulmonary Function Tests are normally safe for most people but possible risks may include dizziness, coughing, and shortness of breath. The test may cause problems if you have asthma, a heart problem, or recently had a surgery.
PULMONARY FUNCTION TEST AT MANHATTAN MEDICAL ARTS
Manhattan Medical Arts offers comprehensive diagnostic testing and treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the lungs and breathing. If you would like a consultation with one of our Board Certified Physicians, please call Manhattan Medical Arts at 645-454-9000. We believe in providing accessible, cost-effective and efficient care that meets the expectations of our clients and strive to maintain the highest standards of safe and quality health care in all our facilities, for all our patients.