Pulmonary function tests are designed to measure how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they move gases such as oxygen from the atmosphere into the body's circulation. Howard County General Hospital does not conduct these tests at our facility, but they are available through Johns Hopkins Community Physicians - Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine in the Medical Arts Building on the hospital campus.
Pulmonary function tests are used to diagnose certain types of lung disease (especially asthma, bronchitis and emphysema), shortness of breath and the effects of exposure to contaminants. They can also help to assess the effect of various medications and to measure progress in disease treatment.
In addition, other tests can be done:
- Bronchial challenge test
- Six-minute Walk
For more information or to make an appointment you can reach the JHCP Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine office at 410-715-1060 or visit their website.