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What is lung function testing?
Lung function testing requires the patient to breathe in and out of specialised equipment to measure rates of airflow through the airways; the volume of the lungs at full capacity, at rest and at their most empty; and, finally measure the ability of the lung to exchange gases with the bloodstream. This requires an element of cooperation with the physiologist who will guide you through it and give you multiple attempts. It is important if you do not understand instructions well in English to arrange an interpreter or bring someone with you who can help.
We also offer more specialised tests to assess the strength of the breathing muscles, the degree of inflammation (a FeNO test) and finally we can assess the airways response to “provoking” agents to try to bring out a diagnosis of asthma.
Although not really considered a lung function test, we also offer skin prick testing for allergy.