Pulmonary function tests, also called lung function tests, check how well your lungs are working. The tests determine how much air your lungs can hold, how quickly you can move air in and out and how well your lungs put oxygen into and remove carbon dioxide from your blood. With these tests, our physicians can diagnose lung diseases, measure the severity of lung problems and check to see how well treatment for a lung disease is working.
Lung Function Tests Include:
Spirometry: This is the most common test. It measures how much and how quickly you can move air out of your lungs.
Forced Vital Capacity (FVC): This test measures the amount of air you can exhale with force after you inhale as deeply as possible.
Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV): This measures the amount of air you can exhale with force in one breath.
Contact us or more information regarding pulmonary function screenings at Rapid City Medical Center.