What Is A Pulmonary Function Test?

A pulmonary function test, (or PFT) is a non-invasive diagnostic test that provides measurable feedback about the function of the lungs. By assessing lung volumes, capacities, as well as rates of flow and gas exchange; PFTs provide information that can help diagnosis certain lung disorders when evaluated by your doctor.

Reasons A Patient Is Often Referred For A PFT Include:

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Occupational Lung Disease
  • Chronic Cough
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Alpha 1-Antitrypsin Deficency
  • Shortness of Breath
Man Using Spriometry Apparatus for Breathing Test

Other Important Information: 

The test is completely painless and does not involve an exercise component. However, you are required to put in an effort in terms of different breathing techniques required for testing.  You will be guided by a Respiratory Therapist/Educator and your appointment will last 30-60 minutes, depending on the test.
Peak Pulmonary Function Laboratories will call you to schedule an appointment time and location that is convenient for you.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment time in order to fill out a respiratory questionnaire. Please do not smoke/vape for at least 1 hour prior to your appointment.

If you are on a Puffer/Inhaler:

o Please bring all your inhalers/puffers whether you are currently using them or not.
o If you are able, DO NOT use inhaler(s) within the timelines below.
o If you are concerned that you cannot stop your inhalers safely, please contact our office to discuss
Inhaler/Puffer Name:                                                                                                                                Withholding Time:
Ventolin, Albuterol, Salbutamol, Airomir, Apo-Salvent, Bricanyl                                                                      4 hours
Atrovent, Combivent                                                                                                                                         12 hours
Symbicort, Advair, Zenhale, Wixela, Serevent, Foradil, Oxeze 2                                                                    4 hours
Onbrez, Breo, Atectura                                                                                                                                    36 hours
Spiriva, Inspiolto, Anoro, Ultibro, Duaklir, Tudorza, Seebri, Incruse, Trelegy, Enerzair, Breztri                   48 hours

Please Note: If you are having a follow up Spirometry or Pulmonary Function Test, and are seeing a Respirologist, please confirm if they would like this test completed with or without the use of your inhalers. 

Meet Our Doctors: 

Respirologist - Dr Tracey Bryan

Dr. Bryan

Respirologist | Allendale

Respirologist - Dr Jackson Wong

Dr. Wong

Pediatric Respirologist | Lincoln Park

Dr. Davidson

Respirologist | Lincoln Park

Respirologist - Dr Ehsan Janbey

Dr. Janbey

Respirologist | Crowfoot

Respirologist - Dr Anthony Dechant

Dr. Dechant

Respirologist / Sleep Specialist | Shawnessy




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