Pulmonary Function Testing: Understanding Your Lung Health

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT)—a key service we offer aimed at assessing your lung health and function. Our goal is to provide you with insightful information about PFT, helping you understand how these tests can contribute to diagnosing and managing respiratory conditions effectively.

What is Pulmonary Function Testing?

Pulmonary Function Testing encompasses a series of non-invasive tests that measure how well your lungs work. These tests evaluate lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange. This information can help your healthcare provider diagnose and decide the treatment for various lung disorders.

Why is Pulmonary Function Testing Important?

PFT is crucial for the diagnosis and management of conditions affecting the lungs, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, and cystic fibrosis. It can help determine the cause of breathing difficulties and check lung function before surgery. Additionally, PFT is used to assess the treatment effectiveness of chronic lung conditions.

Our Pulmonary Function Testing Services

We offer a comprehensive range of PFT services designed to accurately assess and monitor lung health. Our services include:

  • Spirometry: Measures the amount (volume) and/or speed (flow) of air that can be inhaled and exhaled.
  • Lung Volume Measurement: Determines the volume of air in the lungs, including the amount remaining after a forceful exhale.
  • Gas Exchange Testing: Evaluates how well the lungs transfer oxygen into the blood and remove carbon dioxide from the blood.
  • Airway Resistance Testing: Measures the resistance of the airways to airflow, helping to identify narrowing of the airways.

Who Should Have Pulmonary Function Testing?

PFT is recommended for individuals who:

  • Experience symptoms of lung problems, such as shortness of breath, chronic cough, or wheezing.
  • Have a history of smoking.
  • Are exposed to environmental or occupational substances known to affect lung health.
  • Have a family history of lung disease.
  • Require assessment of lung function before undergoing surgery.

What to Expect During Pulmonary Function Testing

Pulmonary function tests are typically performed on an outpatient basis and do not require hospitalization. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Before the Test: Avoid eating a large meal or consuming caffeine, and wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • During the Test: You will be guided to breathe into a mouthpiece connected to the testing equipment. Instructions will be provided to ensure accurate results.
  • After the Test: Most tests take between 15 to 60 minutes. You can resume normal activities unless otherwise instructed by your healthcare provider.

Schedule Your Test

If you’re experiencing symptoms or concerns about your lung health, or if your doctor has recommended pulmonary function testing, contact us to schedule an appointment. Our team of specialists is here to provide you with the highest quality care and support throughout the testing process.

Our dedicated team is committed to helping you achieve optimal lung health.