Procedures

Procedures

Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) is a complete evaluation of the respiratory system including patient history, physical examinations, chest x-ray examinations, arterial blood gas analysis, and tests of pulmonary function. The primary purpose of pulmonary function testing is to identify the severity of pulmonary impairment. Pulmonary function testing has diagnostic and therapeutic roles and helps us answer some general questions about patients with lung disease.


Spirometry

Spirometry

Spirometry includes tests of pulmonary mechanics – measurements of FVC, FEV1, FEF values, forced inspiratory flow rates (FIFs), and MVV. Measuring pulmonary mechanics assesses the ability of the lungs to move large volumes of air quickly through the airways to identify airway obstruction.

The measurements taken by the spirometry device are used to generate a pneumotachograph that can help to assess lung conditions such as: asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We use the test results to diagnose bronchial hyperresponsiveness to exercise, cold air, or pharmaceutical agents.


Aerocrine

Aerocrine

Aerocrine is a medical technology company focused on improving the treatment of patients with inflamed airways. Measuring airways inflammation helps doctors to diagnose, monitor and optimise therapy for people with inflammatory airway diseases (Asthma).

People with asthma have an underlying condition in their lungs. Their airways, which are rather like hollow branches that bring air into the lungs, are always inflamed are easily irritated by outside triggers. One common cause is exposure to allergens in patients with an allergy.

When this happens, the airways contract and narrow. The cells in the irritated airways also produce more mucus or phlegm, making the airway even smaller. Breathing becomes difficult and that is what is often called an asthma attack.

Aerocrine offers versatile, easy-to-use exhaled nitric oxide (NO) monitoring devices for research and clinical applications. All Aerocrine devices use highly accurate methods for measuring minute concentrations of NO, and incorporate NO scrubbers that eliminate atmospheric NO from the patient’s breath. All products comply with international guidelines and are CE-marked for routine clinical use and 510(k) cleared by FDA.


Shape-HF Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing

Shape-HF Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing

A simple, six minute in-office test can help you find out with no capital risk to your practice. Small, portable, easy-to-use, and easy-to-interpret, Shape-HF helps bring clarity to diagnosing sources of exertional dyspnea and exercise intolerance, and to decisions regarding medical management of HF and other dyspneic patients.

Shape-HF results are validated, simple to interpret and reproducible. The system is perfect for serial testing, allowing physicians to track patient progress over time.

The Shape-HF is easy on patients too. Evidence-based results can be obtained using low-intensity, graded or steady state testing protocols. The system avoids undue stress on the heart failure patient; they can fully perform the test and even high-risk patients can easily be tested with little or no discomfort.