Pulmonary function tests measure how well the lungs take in and release air, and how well they receive oxygen and integrate it into the body's circulatory system.
Pulmonary function tests are also called spirometry or lung volume tests. During the test, patients breathe into a mouthpiece that is connected to the spirometer, which records the amount and rate of air breathed in and out over a period of time. The test takes about 30 minutes.
Pulmonary function tests help diagnose lung diseases, including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. They can also help determine the cause of shortness of breath. Pulmonary function tests also can assess how well medications are working for patients who have been diagnosed with pulmonary disease.
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