In partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, we can help you test how well your lungs are functioning by performing a spirometry test.
Spirometry test is done to diagnose the issues and is the first step in asthma treatment. It also helps diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other conditions that affect breathing. You can also do periodic testing just to monitor your lung condition and check whether a treatment for a chronic lung condition is helping you breathe better.
To book a spirometry you need a doctor’s referral. Make an appointment to see any of our physicians to get a referral for spirometry test at Northgate Medical Center.
What to expect
- The spirometry test is done by our onsite Senior Spirometry Educator from Saskatchewan Health Authority, North Regina Primary Health Care Network.
- You would likely be seated and asked to breathe into a small tube attached to a machine called spirometer. The amount of air you breathe in and out and the speed of your breath will be recorded.
- You will take deep breaths, in and out, as hard as you can for several seconds into the tube.
- The entire process usually takes 15 to 30 minutes.
- The doctor administering the spirometry test may give you an inhaled medication to open your lungs after the first round of the test. In this case, you will have to wait 15 minutes and then do another set of measurements. The results of the two measurements will be compared to see whether the inhaled medication improved your airflow.
HOW TO PREPARE
After you receive a requisition or referral for a spirometry, you will be provided instructions on how to prepare for the test. These include:
- If you already use inhaler, refrain from using it for 12 hours prior to testing
- Do not smoke within one hour of testing
- Do not consume alcohol within 4 hours of testing
- Do not perform rigorous exercise within 30 minutes of testing
- Do not wear clothes that restrict full chest and abdominal expansion
- Do not eat large meal within 2 hours of testing
- Spirometry testing is usually a safe test. You may feel short of breath or dizzy for a moment after you perform the test.
- Spirometry test is not recommended if you have recently had a recent heart attack or have a heart condition.
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