Spirometry is a common test used to assess how well a patient’s lungs work by measuring how much air they inhale, and how much and how quickly they exhale. Spirometry is used to diagnose asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other conditions that affect breathing. It may also be used periodically to check whether a treatment for a chronic lung condition is helping the patient breathe better.
An objective test of lung function is necessary to properly determine whether a patient has asthma. A medical history and a physical examination alone aren’t sufficient to rule out other possible conditions, or to determine the actual extent of lung impairment.
Once a patient is diagnosed with asthma, follow-up visits to a primary care physician may include periodic lung-function testing using a peak flow meter device. However, peak flow meters are not recommended for use in determining the initial diagnosis.
What Happens During the Test
A spirometry test is non-invasive and usually takes no more than 30 minutes. The patient breathes into a mouthpiece attached by a tube to a spirometer recording device, which measures various aspects of lung function. The results of the test are promptly analyzed by a physician who is board-certified in Allergy and Immunology, and sent within 24 hours to the referring primary care physician.
Walk-In Spirometry Testing
Spirometry testing is offered at each of our convenient locations. Walk-in appointments are available Monday through Friday.