Pulmonary Function Lab
Pulmonary function tests (PFT’s) are breathing tests to find out how well you move air in and out of your lungs and how well oxygen enters your body.
Our PFT labs are located in each of our locations. Our labs are run by a Registered Respiratory Care Practitioner who performs the test following the standards set forth by the American Thoracic Society; and the resulting data is then interpreted by one of our certified pulmonologists.
Lung function tests can be used to:
- Compare your lung function with known standards that show how well your lungs should be working.
- Measure the effect of chronic diseases like asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), or cystic fibrosis on lung function.
- Identify early changes in lung function that might show a need for a change in treatment.
- Detect narrowing in the airways.
- Decide if a medicine (such as a bronchodilator) could be helpful to use.
- Show whether exposure to substances in your home or workplace have harmed your lungs
- Determine your ability to tolerate surgery and medical procedures.
To get the most accurate results from your breathing tests:
- Do not smoke for at least 4 hour before the test.
- Do not drink alcohol for at least 4 hours before the test.
- Do not wear tight clothing that makes it difficult for you to take a deep breath.
- Do not eat a large meal within 2 hours before the test.
- Do not use inhalers or nebulizers 4 hours before the test.
- Ask your health care provider if there are any other medicines that you should not take on the day of your test.
- No lipstick or Chap Stick should be worn to the test
Now offering latest in testing for Asthma.
NIOX VERO is a new paint-of-care device for assessing airway inflammation in patients with respiratory problems such as asthma.
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Please talk to your Physician to see if this test is right for you.
Now offering a simple Alpha 1 antitrypsin blood test.
These tests are perfomred in our office at no addition cost for our patients, and is done by a sinple fingerstick tets as apposed to a blood draw.
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) is a genetic (inherited) condition – it is passed from parents to their children through their genes. Alpha-1 may result in serious lung disease in adults and/or liver disease at any age.
Please see link below for more information.