Spirometry

Loss of lung function can create profound disability.

This simple breathing test can be used to determine lung capacity and function, or to screen for disease or damage, which sometimes goes unnoticed until severe.

It is also used to monitor the response of the lungs to treatment.

Procedure 

The spirometry test takes approximately 10 minutes to perform.

The patient takes a very deep breath before blowing as hard as possible into the mouthpiece of the spirometer. This is then analysed to assess lung function.

Results are available immediately and will be discussed with you at your next consultation with Dr Hayter.

Who should have this test?

  • Patients with:
    • Shortness of breath
    • A history of smoking or passive smoking
    • Asbestos exposure
    • Asthma
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    • Pulmonary fibrosis
    • Cystic fibrosis

Preparation

Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Asthmatics should continue their normal puffers prior to the test.

Cost $30 (Medicare rebate may apply)

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