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Respiratory Therapy and Pulmonary Function Testing

St. Elizabeth’s provides sophisticated pulmonary function testing to work-up respiratory illnesses and to determine whether ongoing therapies are effective.

Tests and procedures performed at St. Elizabeth’s include:

  • Arterial blood gas
  • Pulse oximetry at rest and with exertion to determine supplemental oxygen needs
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
  • Lung volume measurements 
  • Methacholine challenge testing to evaluate asthma 
  • Respiratory muscle forces
  • Diffusion capacity (DLCO)
  • Spirometry (pre- and post-bronchodilator)

These tests are used to determine whether patients have disorders of their respiratory system. They are extremely helpful when evaluating symptoms of shortness of breath and cough.

For more information, please call 617-789-2AIR (2247) or email pulmonary@steward.org


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