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breating test

jmj

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vidal said:
afternoon all
just a quick question, has anyone had a spirometry test and how its measured
cheers all
It's a measure of lung capacity (basically, i'm sure some medic type will correct me). Basically, take a deep breath, blow into machine to empty lungs..
Searching for "spirometry" on google would tell you all this.

J
 
Is this the test they give ashma sufferers ?

Its a tube with a disk inside and a meter on the outside, you blow and it show the max lung capacity ?

Yes I know I can't spell asma
 

jmj

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polar69 said:
Is this the test they give ashma sufferers ?

Its a tube with a disk inside and a meter on the outside, you blow and it show the max lung capacity ?

It sounds like you're describing a peak flow meter, so no, it's not the same. As the name suggests, it doesn't measure capacity.
 
It's based on the peak flow test; basically they have you run for 5-10min and then take several peak flow readings over time.

Basically what they're looking for (I think) is as constant a reading as possible - i.e. your lungs work just as well after 1 minute as after 10.
 
I had a breating test once. I was really out of breat for ages afterwards and the nice lady offered to stroke my breat until I recovered.
 

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