Respiratory Disorders

Respiratory Function Test
What is spirometry?
Spirometry is a common test used to assess how well your lungs work by measuring how much air you can inhale, how much you can exhale and how quickly you can exhale.  It can measure how effectively air can be moved in and out of the lungs.
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Lung diffusion testing Lung diffusion testing measures how well the lungs exchange gases. This is an important part of lung testing because the major function of the lungs is to allow oxygen to “diffuse” or pass into the blood from the lungs and to allow carbon dioxide to “diffuse” from the blood into the lungs.
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Lung Volume Measurements It’s a way of measuring the total amount of air in your lungs, and how much air is left after you have breathed out as far as you can.
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Bronchial provocation test: This test accesses whether you may have asthma. You simply inhale a series of inhaled sugar capsules. After each dose, you blow into the machine as hard as you can. Your scientist will closely monitor the effect.
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What is bronchoscopy? Bronchoscopy is an examination of your windpipe and air passages by means of a flexible telescope. A bronchoscopy is a test that your doctor will suggest when there is a need to have a look in the air passages or take samples from the lung when testing for certain diseases.
Unlike x-rays which take “photographs” of the lung, bronchoscopy lets the doctor see inside the windpipes, an area not clearly shown on x-rays.
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Sleep study To diagnose Sleep Apnoea or other sleep disorders, a patient must undergo a polysomnography (sleep study). This can be done in a sleep lab, requiring the patient to spend the night in-lab, or at home.
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