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Peak Flow Meter
Peak Flow Meter A peak flow meter for asthma is like a thermometer for a fever - it helps you monitor what's going on inside your lungs by measuring airflow out of the lungs. The meter can tell you if your airways are narrowing well before asthma symptoms begin. Learn how to use a peak flow meter, how to find your "personal best," and how to set your peak flow zones.
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Lobectomy
Lobectomy What is a lobectomy? A lobectomy is a surgery to remove one of the lobes of the lungs. The lungs have sections called lobes. The right lung has 3 lobes. The left lung has 2 lobes. A lobectomy may be done when a problem is found in just part of a lung. The affected lobe is removed, and the remaining healthy lung tissue can work as normal. A lobectomy is most often done during a surgery called a thoracotomy. During this type of surgery, the chest is opened. In most cases, during a lobectomy the ...
Pulse Oximetry
Pulse Oximetry What is pulse oximetry? Pulse oximetry is a test used to measure the oxygen level (oxygen saturation) of the blood. It is an easy, painless measure of how well oxygen is being sent to parts of your body furthest from your heart, such as the arms and legs. A clip-like device called a probe is placed on a body part, such as a finger or ear lobe. The probe uses light to measure how much oxygen is in the blood. This information helps the healthcare provider decide if a person needs extra oxyg...
Pulmonary Function Tests
Pulmonary Function Tests What are pulmonary function tests? Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are non-invasive tests that show how well the lungs are working. The tests measure lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange. This information can help your healthcare provider diagnose and decide the treatment of certain lung disorders. There are 2 types of disorders that cause problems with air moving in and out of the lungs: Obstructive. This is when air has trouble flowing out of the lungs due to...
Peak Flow Measurement
Peak Flow Measurement What is peak flow measurement? Peak flow measurement is a quick test to measure air flowing in and out of the lungs. The measurement is called the peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR). It’s also known as the peak expiratory flow (PEF). Peak flow measurement is mostly done by people who have asthma. Peak flow measurement can show: The amount of air breathed in The amount of air breathed out The rate at which the air is breathed in and out from the lungs During the test, you blow forcefu...
Lung Scan
Lung Scan What is a lung scan? A lung scan is an imaging test to look at your lungs and help diagnose certain lung problems. A lung scan may also be used to see how well treatment is working. A lung scan is a type of nuclear imaging test. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive matter is used during the scan. The radioactive matter called tracer sends out gamma rays. These rays are picked up by the scanner to make a picture of your lungs. A lung scan can be a ventilation scan or a perfusion scan....
Lung Transplant
Lung Transplant What is a lung transplant? A lung transplant is surgery done to remove a diseased lung and replace it with a healthy lung from another person. The surgery may be done for one lung or for both. Lung transplants can be done on people of almost all ages from newborns to adults up to age 65. Types of lung transplant procedures include: Single lung. This is the transplant of one lung. Double lung. This is the transplant of both lungs. Bilateral sequential. This is the transplant of both lungs...
CT Scan of the Chest
CT Scan of the Chest What is a CT scan of the chest? CT scan is a type of imaging test. It uses X-ray and computer technology to make detailed pictures of the organs and structures inside your chest. These images are more detailed than regular X-rays. They can give more information about injuries or diseases of the chest organs. In a CT scan, an X-ray beam moves in a circle around your body. It takes many images, called slices, of the lungs and inside the chest. A computer processes these images and dis...
Chest X-Ray
Chest X-Ray What is a chest X-ray? A chest X-ray is an imaging test that uses X-rays to look at the structures and organs in your chest. It can help your healthcare provider see how well your lungs and heart are working. Certain heart problems can cause changes in your lungs. Certain diseases can cause changes in the structure of the heart or lungs. Chest X-rays can show your healthcare provider the size, shape, and location of the following: Heart Lungs Bronchi Aorta Pulmonary arteries Middle chest are...
Bronchodilator Reversibility Testing
Bronchodilator Reversibility Testing What is a bronchodilator reversibility test? The bronchodilator reversibility test is used to determine how well your lungs are working. This test uses a spirometer and a bronchodilator. A spirometer is a machine that measures lung function. It measures how much and how fast air is blown out or exhaled. Bronchodilators are medications that open the airways, making it easier to breathe. Person breathing into a spirometer. Why might I need a bronchodilator reversibilit...