Pulmonary Function Lab
Our pulmonary function lab uses state-of-the-art equipment and is staffed by registered pulmonary function technologists/RRT's. The studies performed in our lab include routine spirometry testing, lung volume determinations, diffusion studies, and methacholine provocation testing, which permit rapid evaluation for reactive airways disease and other lung diseases. We also perform oxygen testing to guide individual patient therapy. Arterial blood gas assessments are also available.
Our pulmonary physicians are extensively trained in bronchoscopy, which has a broad range of indications, both diagnostic and therapeutic. These include the diagnosis of benign and malignant endobronchial disorders. Via transbronchial biopsy (EBUS) and bronchoalveolar lavage techniques, the etiology of many interstitial lung diseases can be determined without the need for a thoracotomy. These techniques can also be helpful in the diagnosis of unusual pulmonary infections. We also use bronchoscopy in the treatment of malignant and benign endobronchial obstructions.
This multidisciplinary program is adjacent to Mercy Hospital Medical Center. It is designed to maximize pulmonary function in patients who struggle with chronic lung disease. After an initial eight-week program, patients transition to a once-weekly maintenance program. We help patients achieve their physical and mental goals.