A spirometry test is used at Ogden Clinic offices in Utah to measure how much air a patient inhales, exhales, and the rate at which both occur. This test is used to measure lung function in order to diagnose various conditions of the lungs, monitor general lung health, or observe whether a treatment is improving lung function. Your doctor may recommend a spirometry test if he/she suspects that you have asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or pulmonary fibrosis, or to observe the effects medication is having on your lungs.
To prepare for a spirometry test at Ogden Clinic, you should consult with your doctor about refraining from certain medications before the test. You will need to wear loose fitting clothing that allows you to take deep breaths, and avoid eating a big meal prior to the test, so that you can breathe easier.
The spirometry test will involve you blowing into a tube attached to a machine called a spirometer. Your doctor will explain the procedure to you in detail and make sure you are comfortable before it begins. To get accurate results from the test, it is vital that it is performed correctly.
To begin, you will take a seat and your doctor will place a clip over your nose to keep the nostrils closed. They will then ask you to take a deep breath and breathe out as hard as you can for several seconds. You will need to make sure that your lips create a seal around the tube, so that no air can escape. The doctor will likely ask you to repeat the test several times to ensure that the results are consistent. Once all tests are taken, the doctor will use the highest value as the final result. A spirometry test usually lasts for about 15 minutes. The doctor will then analyze your results and determine the best course of treatment for your condition.
If you would like to understand more about your lung function, or need diagnosis of a lung condition, come to Ogden Clinic in Utah to learn more about a spirometry test. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.