Spirometry Testing

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:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • 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.

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