Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT)
How long will it take? 1 hour
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- Chest CT (Computed Tomography) Without Contrast
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- Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT)
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- Smell Test
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What will happen?
The Pulmonary Function test measure how well your lungs work.
- You will be asked to breathe in different ways (the way you breathe normally, and later breath slow, fast, and deep) through a plastic tube in your mouth.
- We will look at how your lungs are working before and after the use of albuterol, a medicine that is used by millions of people with asthma or other lung conditions.
Sometimes, the study protocol requires that we do the Pulmonary Function Test at a follow-up appointment.
How do I prepare?
- Day before: Let the coordinator know if you take breathing medication.
- Day of test: Wear a loose fitting top. You will be ask to remove tight/restricting undergarments or tops (i.e. binder), if possible.
- 8 hrs before test: Do not drink alcohol or perform vigorous exercise .
- 2 hrs before test: Avoid a heavy meal (example: burger and fries – not a lot or something light).
- 1 hr before test: Do not smoke or vape.
Will I be told my results?
We can share results with you and your doctor, if requested. However, results will NOT be posted in MyChart. A RECOVER clinician will contact you with and recommend a follow-up with a doctors for additional testing.
If your results are abnormal, the RECOVER clinical team will call you within 10 days to provide any necessary recommendations for follow up.