PULMONARY FUNCTION TESTING
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:
- Long term COVID symptoms
- Interstitial Lung Disease
- Occupational Lung Disease
- Chronic Cough
- Sleep Apnea
- Alpha 1-Antitrypsin
- Shortness of Breath
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 on the day of your appointment.
If you are on a Puffer/Inhaler:
Please bring all your puffers/inhalers whether you are currently using them or not.
If you are able, DO NOT use your blue rescue inhaler (Ventolin, Salbutamol, Airomir, Apo-Salvent or Bricanyl) at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.
If you are able, DO NOT use Advair, Symbicort, Zenhale or Breo for at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.
If you are able, DO NOT use Spiriva, Seebri, Tudorza, Incruse, Inspiolto, Ultibro, Duaklir or Anoro for 24 hours prior to your appointment.
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.
Some individuals may experience COVID symptoms persisting for months. Learn about why you may want to get a PFT from this Alberta Health resource page.
Meet Our Doctors:
Respirologist | Lincoln Park
Pediatric Respirologist | Lincoln Park
Respirologist | Lincoln Park
Respirologist | Crowfoot
Respirologist | Allendale
OUR TESTING LOCATIONS
Located at 31 Crowfoot Way NW, T3G 2L4 inside the Pinnacle Medical Centre at Co-op Crowfoot.
Peak Medical Specialty Centre and Peak Sleep Clinic Calgary Lincoln Park are located at #103, 49 Richard Way SW, T3E 7M8 which is close to Mount Royal University and just off Glenmore Trail (near Glenmore Audi), east of Richard Road, across the street from Tim Horton’s. We are in the large, white, square building labelled Peak Medical Specialty Centers.
Peak Medical Specialty Centre and Peak Sleep Clinic Calgary Co-op Shawnessy is located at #100, 250 Shawville Boulevard SE, T2Y 2Z7 inside the Pinnacle Medical Centre at Co-op Shawnessy, whose entrance is actually inside the Co-op Shawnessy.
Peak Medical Specialty Centre and Peak Sleep Clinic Calgary Village Square is at 2520 52nd Street NE, T1Y 3R5 inside the Village Square Co-op.
Peak Medical Specialty Centre Allendale is located at #208, 10430 – 61 Avenue NW, T6H 2J3.
Located at #1031 – 200 Southridge Drive, Okotoks, AB T1S 0B2 inside the Pinnacle Medical Centres.
Peak Medical Specialty Centre Red Deer is located at the Riverlands Professional Building, Suite #200, 5440 45th Street, T4N 1L1 near the south entrance of the Cronquist Business Park.
Peak Medical Specialty Centre and Peak Sleep Clinic Strathmore are located at 120 Edgefield Place, T1P 0E8 inside the Pinnacle Medical Centre at Co-op Strathmore.