Pulmonary Function

Medical Associates of North Texas

Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Fort Worth, TX

Consider pulmonary function testing if you have difficulty breathing and it affects your mobility or quality of life. At Medical Associates of North Texas in Fort Worth, Texas, the primary care providers offer pulmonary function testing onsite. A series of in-office screens can determine the cause of your symptoms and help guide treatment. To request pulmonary function testing today, call the office or click the online booking feature.

Pulmonary Function Q & A

What is pulmonary function testing?

Pulmonary function tests assess the health and performance of your lungs and upper respiratory system. They help identify underlying medical conditions and check how quickly your lungs transfer oxygen to your blood.

It’s important to schedule pulmonary function testing if you regularly experience shortness of breath. Intervention and treatment can prevent your symptoms from worsening and improve your quality of life.

What types of issues can pulmonary function testing detect?

At Medical Associates of North Texas, the primary care providers use pulmonary function tests to diagnose various issues, including:

  • Narrow airways in the lungs
  • Changes in your body’s ability to transfer oxygen to your blood
  • Whether exposure to certain substances (like asbestos) has harmed your lungs
  • Measure the effects of diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)

At Medical Associates of North Texas, the team also uses pulmonary function testing to determine if certain medications might be useful and to see if patients qualify for surgery.

When should I consider pulmonary function testing?

Schedule pulmonary function testing at Medical Associates of North Texas if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing up mucus or phlegm

All of these signs indicate an underlying medical issue, like asthma, emphysema, or another pulmonary illness.

What are the types of pulmonary function testing?

Medical Associates of North Texas offers several types of pulmonary function testing, including:

Spirometry

Spirometry measures how forcefully you can exhale and how much air you can breathe in to assess your lung function and capacity. The test takes less than 15 minutes and provides key insights into your respiratory health.

Diffusion testing

Diffusion testing measures how quickly your lungs transfer oxygen to your blood. During the test, you breathe into a mouthpiece attached to a machine. The machine analyzes how well your blood absorbs the oxygen. Like spirometry, diffusion testing takes less than 15 minutes.

Body plethysmography

During body plethysmography, you sit inside an enclosed plastic box. This type of test measures how much air is in your lungs after taking a deep breath and how much air stays in your lungs after exhaling.

To schedule pulmonary function testing, call Medical Associates of North Texas or click the online booking feature today.

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