Spirometry is a test that measures the amount of air a person's lungs can move in and out and at what rate.
To be tested:
- The person places his or her mouth on the mouthpiece that is attached to a recording device (spirometer).
- The person breathes in (inhales) as deeply as possible.
- The person then blows out (exhales) as hard, fast, and completely as possible.
This test can be done in a doctor's office or the hospital and is not painful.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology|
|Last Revised||February 13, 2011|