Respiratory Medicine

Spirometry

Spirometry is a regular diagnostic study that General Practitioners utilise to measure how well your lungs are functioning. The study works by measuring airflow into and out of your lungs.

To take a spirometry test, you sit and breathe into a small machine called a spirometer. This medical device records the amount of air you breathe in and out and the speed of your breath.

Spirometry tests are used to diagnose these conditions:

  • COPD

  • Asthma

  • Restrictive lung disease 

  • Other disorders affecting lung function
     

They also allow your doctor to monitor chronic lung conditions to check that your current treatment is improving your breathing.

Spirometry is generally conducted as part of a group of tests known as Pulmonary Function Tests.