Pulmonary function testing has come into widespread use since the 1970s. This has been facilitated by several developments. Because of miniaturization and advances in computer technology, microprocessor devices have become portable and automated with fewer moving parts. Testing equipment, patient maneuvers, and testing techniques have become widely standardized throughout the world through the efforts of professional societies. Widely accepted normative parameters have been established. In a spirometry test, you breathe into a mouthpiece that is connected to an instrument called a spirometer. The spirometer records the amount and the rate of air that you breathe in and out over a period of time.
Why the Test is Performed
There is a multitude of reasons someone might seek out this style of treatment. Pulmonary function tests are very common following a lung cancer diagnosis, for instance. Pulmonary function tests are done to:
- Diagnose certain types of lung disease (especially asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema)
- Find the cause of shortness of breath
- Measure whether exposure to contaminants at work affects lung function.
- Assess the effect of medication and to easier progress in disease treatment
At the Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Associates of Central Florida, we pride ourselves on our comprehensive pulmonary function testing facilities and the skill and professionalism of our doctors. It’s a field that has progressed a lot since the early days, and we’re proud to be on the frontlines of it, today. These are noninvasive procedures that last for variable amounts of time, depending, but generally around 45 minutes. Once results are in, your doctor will usually review your results with you.
Whether the outcome may be, we’re proud to offer professional, insightful services that put you directly in touch with your own data. Make sure to avoid smoking, heavy meals, and bronchodilator medications, in advance of your test.