Spirometry

Brookridge Internal Medicine

Internists located in Longview, TX

At Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates in Longview, East Texas, Dr. Brenda Vozza and the experienced team offer comprehensive testing for pulmonary issues, including a spirometry test. A spirometry test may be performed if you need to be tested for issues such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or other lung-related issues. If you constantly feel short of breath or suspect you may have a lung issue, call or book online to schedule an appointment today.

Spirometry Q & A

Brookridge Internal Medicine

What is a spirometry test?

A spirometry test is a non-invasive, simple procedure to examine your breathing. The test is painless and takes less than half an hour.

During the procedure, the technician will attach a clip to your nose, and then ask you to take a deep breath and blow into a spirometry machine. The machine will record your lung capacity and the speed of your inhale and exhale. For consistency, you may perform the test at least three times. A technician will guide you through the test, and you should ask questions if you’re confused or feeling uncomfortable or dizzy.

Who needs a spirometry test?

If your doctor suspects that you have a lung-related disorder, you might have to undergo a spirometry test. The procedure helps your doctor understand your lung function and identify if you have any underlying pulmonary problems.

Breathing issues can be a sign of a chronic pulmonary condition. If your doctor suspects you have any of the following disorders, you may require a spirometry test:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis

With a spirometry test, your doctor can examine obstructions or restrictions in your air flow that may identify a specific condition that you’re experiencing. Once your doctor understands your airflow and lung function better with the test results, you can begin to treat the condition and breathe more freely.

How should I prepare for a spirometry test?

Since spirometry is a non-invasive and fairly simple test, you don’t need extensive preparation prior to the procedure. However, in order to be able to breathe normally and easily, you should wear loose-fitting clothing and avoid alcohol or a large meal before the test.

If you smoke regularly, make sure to inform your doctor and refrain from smoking or exercising in the hour before your test. Additionally, if you’re taking any medications, especially through an inhaler, ask your doctor about taking them the day of the test.

If you’re concerned about your breathing or suspect you may have a lung condition, call or book online to schedule an appointment for expert testing and treatment today.