Authored by - Julie Eversole, Operations Manager at the Lung Center of America
Pulmonary Function Testing includes a variety of tests that check how well the lungs work. The most basic test is spirometry. This test measures the amount of air the lungs can hold. The test also measures how forcefully one can empty air from the lungs.
Spirometry is used to screen for diseases that affect lung volumes.
It also is used to determine the staging of many different pulmonary conditions.
Lung volume testing is another commonly performed lung function test. It is more precise than spirometry and measures the volume of air in the lungs, including the air that remains at the end of a normal breath. In addition, a diffusing capacity test measures how easily oxygen enters the bloodstream.
A PFT needs to be done yearly for early detection of any pulmonary issues that may be arising.
The preparation for a Pulmonary Function Test is very easy!
No smoking 6 hours prior to the examination
No inhalers 4 hours prior to the examination (unless approved by the office)
A Pulmonary Function Test is an easy way to stay on top of your pulmonary health!