Pulmonary Diagnostic Testing

Available tests include: 

  • Pulmonary function tests 
    • Spirometry 
    • Lung volume
    • Gas exchange (DLCO)
    • Maximal voluntary ventilation (MVV)
    • Inspiratory and expiratory muscle pressures (PI and PE max)
    • Oxygen titration
    • Six-minute walk
    • Methacholine challenge
    • Cardiopulmonary stress 
    • Fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO)
    • Impulse oscillation or forced oscillation (IOS) 
    • Compliance
    • High altitude simulation
  • Bronchial thermoplasty 
  • Bronchoscopy
    • Autofluorescence 
    • Electromagnetic navigation (ENB)
    • Endobronchial ultrasound
    • Interventional 
  • Cardiopulmonary stress testing
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) 
  • Exhaled nitrous oxide testing 
  • Pleural biopsy 
  • Thoracentesis 
  • Transbronchial needle aspiration 

Biopsy techniques can now avoid conventional surgery by using minimally invasive procedures like endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) to diagnose lung cancer and other chest diseases. A minimally invasive approach allows physicians to perform a transbronchial needle aspiration to obtain tissue and/or fluid samples from the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes. The procedure is less invasive and the recovery time shorter than conventional surgery.

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