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NYC Complete Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)

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What is a pulmonary function test (PFT)?

A pulmonary function test (PFT) is a diagnostic test used to evaluate lung function. It provides important information about your lungs, including volume and lung capacity as well as the rates of airflow and gas exchange.

A PFT, or lung capacity test, can help your doctor diagnose many lung disorders or evaluate the severity of an existing lung condition. Pulmonary function testing is frequently used to assess disease progression and to monitor clinical response to treatment. In addition, the test may be used to assess how well your lungs are functioning before undergoing surgery.

If you have a chronic coughshortness of breath, COPD, asthma, problems with oxygenation, or if you are exhibiting symptoms indicating the potential presence of an interstitial lung disease, such as pulmonary fibrosis, Dr. Bowen may recommend that you undergo a pulmonary function test in order to accurately diagnose your condition.

At MXBowen, Physician, P.C., Health & Breathing Center in NYC, our facility is equipped with the latest technology for pulmonary function testing so patients can have the test performed from the comfort and convenience of our office. Dr. Bowen has over three decades of pulmonary experience and is dedicated to providing the highest quality care with an emphasis on individualized patient experience. If you require a pulmonary function test, contact our office for an evaluation.

How does a pulmonary function test (PFT) work?

pulmonary-function-testing-bowenA pulmonary function test involves breathing into a handheld device that’s connected to a specialized machine, called a spirometer, which measures lung function through a series of tests. The machine records how much and how quickly you can move air in and out of your lungs, collecting data about airflow, lung volumes, and lung capacity as well as measures of gas exchange.

A medical assistant will explain each aspect of the test as you’re being evaluated so that you feel comfortable and at ease throughout the entire PFT procedure. The entire process takes less than 30 minutes. In advance of your pulmonary function test, Dr. Bowen will provide a list of simple instructions for how to prepare for the test.

What are the advantages of a pulmonary function test?

  • Performed in-office
  • Noninvasive test
  • Delivers prompt, accurate results in less than 30 minutes
  • Provides valuable information that can be used to diagnose pulmonary issues as well as monitor a variety of different respiratory tract disorders
  • Monitors a patient’s response to treatment

What can I expect after undergoing a pulmonary function test?

After undergoing a PFT, Dr. Bowen will interpret your results and identify whether there is evidence of functional physiologic derangements that may indicate possible respiratory disease. If you have already been diagnosed with a lung disease, the pulmonary function test results will be examined to see whether your disease has progressed or whether a specific treatment is working. Using this information, Dr. Bowen will be able to determine what the next steps for testing or treatment should involve.

Whether you are suffering from symptoms that may necessitate a PFT such as a chronic cough or shortness of breath or you are looking for a doctor to perform your pulmonary function testing in NYC, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bowen.

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