Center for Respiratory Medicine

Addressing diagnostic and therapeutic needs of patients with acute and chronic pulmonary disorders

Our Pulmonary Laboratory is equipped with modern facilities to serve the need for diagnosis or therapy of patients with acute and chronic pulmonary conditions. Our wide range of lung function testing and exercise tests assist physicians in diagnosing and managing patients with breathing problems or lung disease. From ultrasonic nebulizers to volume respirators, we attend to immediate needs and administer the right pulmonary function tests to spot disease as early and accurately as possible.

Advocating for healthy lungs and a healthy life, our Pulmonary Lab gets to the bottom of breathing-related symptoms and help confirm the presence of disease. Our testing also assesses how our patients are responding to a variety of treatments.

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Services at a Glance

Our Pulmonary Laboratory helps guide patients toward recovery. Our services include:

  • Maximal inspiratory pressure / Maximal expiratory pressure (MIP/MEP) – A test of total respiratory muscle strength, recording the pressure you generate while attempting to inhale or exhale. The pressure is correlated with the overall strength of the breathing muscles and may help assess possible respiratory muscle weakness.
  • Airway resistance – For this test, you sit in a “booth” and breathe through a mouthpiece while pressure and airflow measurements are collected.
  • Lung diffusion capacity (DIco) – Measures how well oxygen passes from your lungs to your bloodstream. During the test, the patient breathes in a type of gas through a tube, holds their breath briefly, and then blows out the gas.
  • Lung volumes – Provide useful insight confirming the presence of restrictive lung disease, as suggested by a low vital capacity on a spirometry test.
  • Arterial blood gases (ABG) – Measures the acidity and levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood from an artery. This test checks how well your lungs are able to move oxygen into the blood and remove carbon dioxide from it.
  • Sleep Center – Diagnostic and therapeutic sleep studies offer clinical advice and education about CPAP and other therapies intended for sleep-disordered breathing.
  • Incentive spirometry exercises – Several types of exercise testing composed of baseline spirometry, a period of vigorous exercise, and repeat spirometry at defined intervals.
  • Pulse oximetry – SpO2 – Pulse oximetry and arterial blood gas tests show how much oxygen is in your blood, a painless test that requires no needles.