Pulmonary function tests are a series of tests that help physicians understand how well lungs are functioning and how well oxygen is moving from the lungs into the blood stream. Both must be effective for good health. The physicians at Forest Healthcare use the results of pulmonary function tests to:
- Diagnose lung conditions including asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema
- Diagnose the cause of symptoms such as shortness of breath or fatigue
- Assess lung function prior to surgery
- Evaluate exposure to chemicals such as those present in certain workplaces
Spirometry is a common pulmonary function test that measures airflow by assessing how much air you exhale and how quickly. This test allows Forest Healthcare doctors to evaluate for a wide range of lung conditions. Depending on the results, you may be asked to have further testing.