What Can a Pulmonary Function Test Reveal About Your Lungs?
At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers, we offer our patients in Los Angeles, CA lung testing to evaluate how well their lungs are working. Based on an exam with board-certifiied pulmonologist Dr. Avi Ishaaya, he may suggest different tests to confirm a lung diagnosis. For some patients, he may consider allergy testing. Our comprehensive radiology suite is located on-site and uses state-of-the-art equipment to offer quick and accurate imaging results. This means you don’t have to wait long to know your results and to begin treatment when needed.
What is a pulmonary function test?
At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers, we offer different pulmonary function tests measuring lung capacity. These tests allow Dr. Ishaaya to get a baseline medical record for your lung health. This enables him to compare your results to others to see if you have healthy lungs. It also allows him to assess how effective treatment is over time. These tests can evaluate lung volume, changes in lung function, and even what a chronic illness may have done to your lungs. These noninvasive breathing tests can be performed on the same day of your consultation.
Some pulmonary function tests we offer include:
Exhale nitric oxide test: This test assesses inflammation in the airways and how well treatments work for patients who have had lung testing before.
Lung imaging: Our experienced radiologists perform X-rays, CT scans, and ultrasounds to detect potential lung disease or lung cancer.
Methacholine challenge: The bronchoprovocation test confirms an asthma diagnosis from Dr. Ishaaya. You will inhale methacholine, which narrows the airway, and we will watch and document your response.
Oxygen six-minute walk study: During this test, a patient walks on a flat surface for six minutes, and lung function is evaluated.
Common conditions detected during lung testing
Dr. Ishaaya uses lung testing to confirm a diagnosis of various lung conditions, including:
Asthma: If we determine you have asthma after your lung test, Dr. Ishaaya can help you to manage your symptoms at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers.
Bronchitis: Bronchitis occurs when the lungs are triggered by something inhaled or is exposed to a virus, causing a bronchial response. When you have bronchitis, you may experience a loud barking cough, sore throat, noisy breathing, or mucus in your chest.
COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is diagnosed with an arterial blood gas test, a CT scan, a chest X-ray, or a pulmonary function test. Patients with COPD usually experience shortness of breath, labored breathing, a chronic cough with thick mucus, or tightness in the chest.
Pneumonia: Caused by a virus or bacteria, this can lead to body aches, chills, fever, cough with mucus, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, or shortness of breath. Lung testing can detect this condition. When left untreated, it can lead to hospitalization and, in severe cases, death.
Learn more about lung testing near me to improve your health
At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers, we offer lung testing that can detect lung conditions that can be treated by Dr. Avi Ishaaya. Allow us to help you achieve healthy lungs and improved health with regular lung testing and pulmonary function testing at our Los Angeles, CA office.