COMPLETE PULMONARY FUNCTION TESTING

A complete pulmonary function test may be ordered for you by your  physician.  This is typically being ordered to evaluate shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, to diagnosis asthma, chronic bronchitis, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema or pulmonary fibrosis.  This test is a 3 part test and typically takes 60 minutes to complete.

Part one involves breathing in and out before and after an inhaler.

Part two measures how much air your lungs can hold

Part Three determines how good your lungs are at bringing oxygen to your blood stream and getting rid of carbon monoxide out of our blood system.

Once you have completed your testing, one of our pulmonary physicians will read or interpret your test.  The results will be sent to your ordering physician in about 2-3 days after your test.  If  you are seeing one of the Pulmonologists in this office, you will see the physician directly after your test.  The physician will review your results with you at that time.

To prepare for your Complete Pulmonary Function Test

Avoid any inhalers or breathing treatments four (4) hours prior to your test.  Two (2) hours before your test do not smoke, exercise or eat a heavy meal.

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