Pulmonary Function Testing

Your lungs are essential in your respiratory system. When taken care of they can last a lifetime and are durable in their nature. Your lungs function as the main organ that intakes oxygen and helps distribute it throughout the body, working closely with your heart and blood stream. At Northern Medical Specialists, we provide Pulmonary Function Testing to help assess your lungs and monitor their functionality.

Pulmonary Function Testing is used to look for the cause of breathing problems. It can also be done to assess the effect of medication or measure the progress in disease treatment. PFTs are also effective for preoperative evaluation of lung function.

Pulmonary Function Testing helps measure:
  • How much air you can take into your lungs. This amount is compared with that of other people your age, height, and sex. This allows your doctor to see whether you're in the normal range.
  • How much air you can blow out of your lungs and how fast you can do it.
  • How well your lungs deliver oxygen to your blood.
  • The strength of your breathing muscles.
Pulmonary Function Testing can also diagnose problems such as:
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • COPD
  • Causes of Shortness of Breath