Who Can Benefit from Spirometry?

Who Can Benefit from Spirometry?

The medical world has seen many advancements over the years. While these have provided life-changing diagnostic and treatment options, they have also created some confusion for patients.

For instance, what is spirometry, and who can benefit from it?

The short answer is that the Advanced Allergy & Asthma team uses this test to check lung function at our locations in Ogden, Utah. And it can reveal a surprising amount of information for being such a quick, noninvasive assessment.

In this blog, our team explains how spirometry testing works and who can benefit from this evaluation.

What to expect from spirometry

A spirometry test measures a few things:

The process is relatively quick, completely safe, and requires no needles or incisions.

Instead, you breathe into a mouthpiece connected to a computer. This machine, known as a spirometer, measures airflow. The entire process usually takes 15-30 minutes

First, we place soft clips on your nose. Then, you take a deep breath and blow forcefully through the mouthpiece.

We have you repeat this process several times to ensure we capture accurate results.

Once complete, you can resume regular activity immediately.

Why undergo a spirometry test

Our team uses this assessment to diagnose breathing conditions like asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and cystic fibrosis.

However, it can also help us evaluate:

It can also help our team determine the potential risk of respiratory complications before undergoing surgical procedures and monitor the treatment of breathing conditions.

Who can benefit from spirometry testing

A spirometry test offers extensive insight into lung and airway function, making it especially beneficial as a diagnostic tool.

Our team might suggest this type of assessment for symptoms that include:

However, we also recommend regular spirometry testing for people receiving treatment for a breathing condition. When symptoms are well controlled, this typically occurs every 6-12 months.

Spirometry testing often occurs more frequently when individuals change medications or have uncontrolled symptoms. 

Could you benefit from spirometry testing? Contact Advanced Allergy & Asthma by phone or online to book a visit at our Ogden, Utah, location nearest you.

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