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What is Spirometry?

Spirometry is a test used to assess how well your lungs work by measuring how much air you inhale, how much you exhale and how quickly you exhale. Test is generally a safe 

Why is it done?

To diagnose or monitor certain conditions such as: 

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Pulmonary fibrosis

How you prepare?

  • Your doctor may advise to avoid use of inhaled breathing medications or other medications before the test.
  • Wear loose clothing that won’t interfere with your ability to take a deep breath.
  • Avoid eating a large meal before your test, so it will be easier to breathe.

What you can expect:

  • You’ll likely be seated during the test.
  • A clip will be placed on your nose to keep your nostrils closed.
  • You will take a deep breath and breathe out as hard as you can for several seconds into the spirometer tube. 
  • You’ll need to do the test at least three times to make sure your results are relatively consistent. If there is too much variation among the three outcomes, you may need to repeat the test again. The highest value among three close test results is used as the final result.
  • The entire process usually takes less than 15 minutes.
  • Your doctor may give you an inhaled medication to open your lungs (bronchodilator) after the initial round of tests. You’ll need to wait 15 minutes and then do another set of measurements.
  • Your doctor will discuss the result either at the end of the test or during the following appointment

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