What is Spirometry?

Spirometry, or lung function testing, measures airflow rates and lung volumes in and out of the lungs. A spirometer is a device that contains a special sensor behind the mouthpiece that measures airflow. Spirometry is critical in the diagnosis and following of asthmatics or any patient with lower respiratory complaints.

Spirometry Testing Process Manhattan

During spirometry testing, the patient will typically perform the test three times to achieve the best results. Once all of the air is expelled from the lungs, the patient will inhale as deep a breath as possible so that the lungs are completely filled with air. The patient will then exhale as hard and as fast as possible into the mouthpiece for a full 6 seconds. The patient will breathe in as deeply and as long as possible so the lungs are again filled with air.

Reading Spirometry Results

Based on the shape of the inspiratory and expiratory curves produced, spirometry testing reveals critical aspects of airflow in the patient’s lungs. The testing provider can explain certain causes for lower respiratory complaints and will design a treatment plan accordingly.

Do you have lower respiratory issues that you suspect may be related to asthma? You may want to ask Dr. Stacey Silvers or Vanessa Seidell, PA-C about having a spirometry test. Call (212) 213-3339 or use our secure Online Appointment Request form to schedule an appointment today.