Pulmonary Function Testing Specialist

Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey

Internal Medicine Physicians located in Vineland, NJ

If you suffer from chronic coughing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing, you may need pulmonary function testing to determine the cause of your lung problems. The doctors at Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey in Vineland are experts in pulmonary disease and pulmonary function testing. For your convenience, they offer the series of pulmonary function tests in the office. If you have lung problems or a chronic lung disease, call the office in Vineland, New Jersey.

Pulmonary Function Testing Q & A

When might I need pulmonary function testing?

Pulmonary function testing includes a group of tests that determine how well your lungs work. Your doctor at Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey may perform pulmonary function tests to:

  • Diagnose the cause of lung symptoms
  • Monitor chronic lung disease to see if it’s stable or worsening
  • Evaluate the effect of medications for lung disease
  • Measure progress during lung treatment
  • Assess lung function prior to surgery

Your doctor may also recommend regular pulmonary function testing if you work in an environment where you’re exposed to gases, chemicals, mineral dust, or other substances that may harm your lungs.

What health conditions require pulmonary function testing?

Pulmonary function testing is used to diagnose or to provide ongoing assessments of conditions such as:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Respiratory infections
  • COPD (chronic bronchitis and emphysema)
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma

Your doctor may also perform a pulmonary function test to guide treatment for lung cancer.

What does a lung function test measure?

Pulmonary function testing includes several types of tests that measure different aspects of your lungs. These are a few examples of the tests you may undergo:

  • Spirometry to measure the amount of air you inhale and exhale
  • Lung volume tests to measure how much air your lungs can hold
  • Forced vital capacity to determine the amount of air exhaled forcefully
  • Lung diffusion capacity to determine how well oxygen gets into your blood
  • Pulse oximetry to estimate the amount of oxygen in your blood
  • Arterial blood gas test to specifically measure oxygen and carbon dioxide in your blood
  • Fractional exhaled nitric oxide tests to measure the amount of nitric oxide you exhale

Your doctor may perform one or any combination of tests to get the information needed for your health condition.

What should I know about pulmonary function testing?

Your doctor at Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey explains the procedures and answers your questions. You may need to stop taking medications or stop smoking before the test, but you’ll receive customized, detailed instructions.

Pulmonary function tests are noninvasive and safe. Although they may cause dizziness, coughing, or shortness of breath, you’re closely monitored during the tests, and help is immediately available.

When your pulmonary function testing is done at Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey, you’re in a familiar, comfortable environment with a team of professionals concerned about your health and well-being. Call the office if you have questions about pulmonary function testing.