Spirometry – Breathing Test
Spirometry is the most common of the pulmonary function tests (PFTs), measuring lung function, specifically the amount and/or speed of air that can be inhaled and exhaled. Spirometry measures airflow. By measuring how much air you exhale, and how quickly, spirometry can evaluate a broad range of lung diseases. In a spirometry test, while patients are sitting, the patient breathes into a mouthpiece that is connected to an instrument called a spirometer. The spirometer records the rate and amount of air that the patients breathe in and out over a period of time.
Lung Function Test
Inhalation of some dusts, gases, or other air contaminants in your workplace as well as some personal exposures, such as cigarette smoking, can harm your lungs. Spirometry testing (a type of pulmonary or lung function test) may identify breathing problems early on. This can prevent more serious problems from occurring. This test is done to assess lung function on a patient with a chronic cough and/or mucus. A spirometry test helps determine whether your breathing trouble is caused by Asthma, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Chronic bronchitis, Emphysema, or Pulmonary fibrosis.
Pulmonary Function Test
Spirometry testing may be performed on workers who are required to perform job tasks that are physically demanding, require wearing a respirator, or cause exposure to certain possible breathing hazards. Workers who show signs of breathing problems may also be tested. Depending on your situation, you may be asked to take the test every 6 months to 3 years.
During the test you should:
- Wear comfortable clothing for the test. You will be asked to stand or sit comfortably and wear a nose clip to stop air from moving through your nose during the test.
- Listen to the spirometry technician’s instructions and follow suggestions to get proper results.
- Take a deep breath that completely fills your lungs. Seal your lips around the spirometer mouthpiece. Then, as hard and as fast as you can, blow all of your air into the mouthpiece. Keep blowing until the technician tells you to stop.
- You will usually rest before repeating the test. You will need to give your best effort at least 3 times.
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A healthcare professional should explain the results to you. Our healthcare professional will compare the current test results with your past results (if any) to see if your breathing ability has changed. You have the right to get a copy of your test results.
At Fox Medical Center, we want to take the time to listen, to find the answers and to provide our patients with the best care. If you would like to schedule an appointment or receive more information about this treatment, click here to find a location near you.