Spirometry

spirometry

Lung function testing including spirometry, assists in the assessment and management of asthma and other chronic lung disorders.  We have a computerised spirometer to perform this type of testing.

Common lung conditions, such as asthma and emphysema, cause problems by narrowing the airways (bronchial tubes) resulting in shortness of breath. Narrowed airways are difficult to breath through – the greater the narrowing, the more difficult that breathing becomes.

Spirometry and flow volume curves are tests which are of great value for measuring exactly how much narrowing is present.

These tests involve taking a full breath in and blowing out with best effort into a device called a spirometer. Measurements are made which indicate the speed at which the lungs can be emptied and filled with air. The test is performed whilst seated, and usually takes 10 to 20 minutes. It is sometimes carried out before and after inhaling a reliever drug such as VentolinTM or BricanylTM to measure the effect of these drugs. In this case, your doctor may ask you not to take your usual reliever medication for a few hours prior to the test.

The test is performed by one of our registered nurses and the results are reviewed with your doctor after the test.

Simply telephone our clinic for an appointment.  Some medication need to be avoided before this test is performed and detailed instructions may be found in the following document