Spirometry

Spirometry is a test that measures the amount of air a person's lungs can move in and out and at what rate.

To be tested:

    • The person must be 6 years of age or older.
    • The person places his or her mouth on the mouthpiece that is attached to a recording device (spirometer).
    • The person breathes in (inhales) as deeply as possible.
    • The person then blows out (exhales) as hard, fast, and completely as possible.

This test can be done in a doctor's office or the hospital and is not painful.

Is it an emergency?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
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