Spirometry

Assess The Strength Of Your Lungs & Diagnose Potential Breathing Issues

Spirometry tests are performed by measuring the flow and volume air in and out of the lungs and is an important tool to detect and diagnose a range of lung conditions.

Spirometry

Assess The Strength Of Your Lungs & Diagnose Potential Breathing Issues

Spirometry tests are performed by measuring the flow and volume air in and out of the lungs and is an important tool to detect and diagnose a range of lung conditions.

What Is Spirometry?

Spirometry is a common test to assess how well your lungs are functioning. Spirometry tests are performed by measuring the flow and volume air in and out of the lungs and is an important tool to detect and diagnose a range of lung conditions. If a condition is diagnosed, follow up spirometry tests will monitor changes in lung function and guide further treatments.

Why Take A Spirometry Test?

If you are having difficulty breathing, a spirometry test is a quick, painless, and effective way to test for multiple lung conditions. Your doctor may also recommend you take a test if you have an increased risk of developing certain lung conditions.  

What Does Spirometry Test For?

Spirometry tests are used to diagnose a range of lung and respiratory conditions such as:

     // Asthma
     // Chronic bronchitis
     // Emphysema
     // Pulmonary Fibrosis
     // COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
     // Others disorders that may affect lung function

Spirometry tests are used to diagnose a range of lung and respiratory conditions such as:

// Asthma
// Chronic bronchitis
// Emphysema
// Pulmonary Fibrosis
// COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
// Others disorders that may affect lung function

What To Expect During A Spirometry Test

A spirometry test generally takes place at your doctor's office and is completed in about 15 minutes. Before the test is administered, your doctor or nurse will take you through a series of instructions. Listen carefully and ask questions if anything is unclear.

The test follows a series of short steps.

1. You’ll be seated in an exam room chair and a clip placed on your nostrils to keep them closed.

2. When your doctor tells you to, take a deep breath and breathe out as hard as possible into a tube. Make sure your lips form a tight seal around the tube.  

3. You will need to do the test at least 3 times to ensure consistency and accurate measurements have been taken.

If the doctor detects any signs of breathing difficulty, they may give an inhaled medication called a Bronchodilator to open the lungs' airways. After 15 minutes, you’ll take the test again and your doctor will compare the results before and after the medication to see if there was any effect.  

Preparing For A Spirometry Test

Before you take a spirometry test, it is advised that you do not smoke for at least 24 hours beforehand. It is also recommended to not drink alcohol, eat large meals, or do strenuous exercise 2-3 hours before your test.

Your Spirometry Results

The results of your test will not be known right away. The results are first sent to a specialist for analysis, who then will send the data to your doctor. Once received, your doctor will discuss them with you a few days later.  

Your spirometry results are compared to the average results of someone of similar demographics which can help show if any issues need further inspection.  

There are 2 key measurements that Spirometry measures:
Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) – The amount of air you breathe out.
Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV) – The amount of air you exhale in 1 second.

Are There Any Risks?

Spirometry tests are considered very safe and low risk. Some patients may experience dizziness, shaking, or feeling faint or shaky as the test increases pressure in your body as you breathe out.  

If you have conditions such as high blood pressure, or recent operations or a heart attack, speak with your doctor to make sure you are suitable to take a spirometry test.

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Where To Find King Street Medical Warrawong

King Street Medical is conveniently located at 67 King Street, Warrawong, next to Warrawong Library and Plush Furniture.

We have plenty of parking available on Carlotta Cres, at the northern end of Darcy Wentworth Park. Our practice is located at the corner of King Street & Hoskins Avenue.

We have accessibility parking available beside our building on the corner of King Street & Hoskins Ave. Enter via Hoskins Ave.

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