Spirometry Testing in Bolton
Professional and reliable lung function test in Bolton, Greater Manchester
Spirometry testing is a simple test we use to assess how well your lungs are working. This works by measuring how much air you’re able to take into your lungs and how quickly you’re able to blow it out.
A pulmonary function test (PFT) gives your practitioner a clearer view of what is going on inside your lungs; allowing them to highlight any potential problems including lung disease, asthma or cystic fibrosis.
Your practitioner will be able to diagnose these conditions, monitor them using regular spirometry tests to check how they develop over time, and to prescribe a course of treatment accordingly.
At Park Hill in Bolton, our team of highly qualified practitioners are fully trained in spirometry testing to patients throughout Greater Manchester.
Why is spirometry testing so important?
A lung function test should be carried out if you have symptoms of a lung problem or if you are at considerable risk of developing one.
If you have noticed a persistent cough or breathlessness, your doctor may recommend a pulmonary function test to check your lungs are working properly. You may also need to consider spirometry testing if:
- You have asthma
Spirometry testing is an extremely important tool in both the diagnosis and management of asthma. Symptoms can get worse at any time and having a better idea of what’s going on means your practitioner can prescribe the best course of treatment to manage the condition.
- You’re aged over 35 and smoke or used to smoke
Smokers and former smokers are extremely susceptible to developing lung conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Common symptoms include a long-lasting cough, mucus, recurring lung infections, wheezing and shortness of breath.
The earlier a spirometry test is done, the sooner lung disease and other conditions can be diagnosed. A fast diagnosis will help us to help you:
- Reduce the effect of the symptoms
- Stop things from getting worse
- Reduce the number of flare-ups
- Improve the quality your everyday life
What can your spirometry test pick up and monitor?
Spirometry testing at our clinic here in Bolton is a lung function test that looks at how effectively you’re able to take air in and out of your lungs. If things don’t appear how they should, your practitioner can use the spirometry test to find out why.
Conditions that can be picked up and monitored through your spirometry test include:
- Asthma – long-term condition which causes airways to become narrow and swollen periodically
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – a group of lung conditions causing airways to become narrowed
- Cystic fibrosis – genetic condition resulting in thick mucus blocking lungs and digestive system
- Pulmonary fibrosis – scarring of the lungs
If you have already been diagnosed with one of these conditions, spirometry testing allows your practitioner to examine how severe the problem may be and assess the effectiveness of your current treatment.
Pulmonary function tests can also be carried out as part of a general health check for other existing conditions or for those considering surgery.
How does a pulmonary function test work?
Spirometry testing is a completely painless procedure that we carry out at our practice in Bolton in Greater Manchester. You’ll be seen by our specialist practitioner Dr Saeid Soleymani. He is our in-house expert in spirometry testing, meaning you’ll be in the best hands from the moment you arrive.
When you come in to the surgery, we’ll use a small machine called a spirometer to test your lung function. During the test, a soft clip will be placed on your nose to stop air from escaping and all you’ll be asked to do is breath into a mouthpiece hooked up to the spirometer.
We’ll talk you through the process as you take the largest breath possible then exhale it out as quickly and forcefully as you can until your lungs are completely empty.
You may need to do this three or more times to ensure the results of your test are accurate. Your practitioner may also give you a medication to breathe in and repeat the spirometry test to see how your lungs respond.
Overall, your spirometry test will take no more than around thirty minutes and you’ll be able to carry out your day as normal afterwards.
Your spirometry test results
The spirometer is able to tell if your breathing is being obstructed by narrowed or inflamed airways. If they are, then your practitioner may be able to diagnose certain lung conditions that you may be living with.
The machine measures the volume of air taken in and out of your lungs in a forced breath. Your results are then compared with the ‘normal’ results of people your age, height, weight and sex. From the results, we can see if you have an obstructive airway (e.g. asthma or COPD), restrictive airway (e.g. pulmonary fibrosis), or a combination of both.
Book your lung function test consultation today
Spirometry testing is an essential assessment for diagnosing and monitoring conditions in the lungs. If you’re at high risk of developing a problem with your lungs or are concerned an existing condition may have got worse, talk to the team about spirometry testing at Park Hill.
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Call us on 01204 770 600 or come visit us at the Park Hill surgery in Bolton, Greater Manchester, to book your spirometry testing consultation appointment with us.