Spirometry is a common test used to assess lung and pulmonary function. It measures how much air that is inhaled and exhaled and how fast it is exhaled.
Why is it done?
A spirometry test is done to diagnose:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Other Conditions that Affect Breathing
Spirometry can be used to check how well your medications are working and whether your breathing problems are under control if a lung conditions has been previously diagnosed. Furthermore, Spirometry may be ordered before a planned surgery to check if your lung function is adequate for the rigors of an operation.