Evaluating How Your Lungs Perform

Pulmonary diagnostic tests are a series of tests which evaluate how well the lungs are performing. These tests may be performed to help diagnose disease, monitor disease progression or therapeutic intervention over time, to evaluate disability, or as a variable in research studies. 

Preparing for Your Visit

The tests are ordered by your physician and may take anywhere from 10 to 90 minutes to perform. All results are interpreted by a board-certified pulmonologist.  The referring physician should receive the results within approximately three business days of the testing.

Before testing:

  • Don't use a pulmonary bronchodilator at least four hours before test time.
  • If you will need to exercise, please bring sturdy walking shoes and wear comfortable clothing.
  • If a metabolic test is ordered, eat only a light meal prior to the study.

Please be prepared to tell the exercise specialist the following:

  • Medications you are currently taking, including inhalers, pills, or nebulizer treatments
  • Allergies to medications
  • Health problems
  • Smoking history, including how many years you have smoked and how many packs per day
  • Recent illnesses
  • Any symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, and nausea

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Learn more about performance evaluation testing.