At our offices, we offer a variety of different in-office testing used for various reasons. Common testing that our physicians order are listed and described below. If you have any questions about any of these tests, please call us.

Spirometry

A spirometry is a test often used to diagnose or monitor asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other conditions that affect breathing. It measures the amount of air you can breathe out and in (essentially one full breath) as well as how forcefully you can exhale and inhale. 


Occasionally, you may be asked to perform what is called a pre- and post-bronchodilator spirometry. A normal spirometry if performed first. You are then given a treatment of a short-acting bronchodilator (usually albuterol) and then asked to repeat the spirometry. The physician will compare spirometry prior to treatment to the spirometry after treatment to determine whether or not a rescue inhaler or nebulized medication is appropriate and beneficial.


6 Minute Walk

This test measures the distance that a patient can walk in a period of six minutes. It allows the patient to walk at their own pace of exercise and to stop and rest, if needed. The test is not to achieve maximal exercise capacity, but to reflect the functional level of daily physical activities. Walking aids normally used should be used during the test and the usual medications should be taken. The six minute walk test can be used to determine whether or not supplemental oxygen is required with exertion. It can also be used as a measuring stick for one's progress.
ATS: Guidelines for the Six-Minute Walk Test



Overnight Pulse Oximetry

An overnight pulse oximetry test is a simple test done at home while you sleep. It involves putting a clip in your finger to measure your oxygen saturation levels while you sleep through the night. The machine connected to the sensor records all data overnight. This test can be performed on room air, on nocturnal oxygen, on CPAP, or on CPAP with nocturnal oxygen bled in, depending on what the physician orders. The overnight pulse oximetry test can be used to qualify a patient to be on or off nocturnal supplemental oxygen. This test can also be used to determine if further testing is required.



Electrocardiogram


An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) tests the electrical activity of your heart. It is a simple test that shows your heart rate, the rhythm of your heart beats, and the strength and timing of the electrical impulses in your heart. An EKG may be a routine test or used to detect heart problems such as heart attacks, arrhythmia, and heart failure. For the test itself, you will lie on an exam bed and have twelve electrodes attached to your chest, arms, and legs.

In Office Testing

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ATTENTION: As of October 16 2017, our Lansing office location has moved! The new address is:
1540 Lake Lansing Road Suite 205, Lansing, MI 48912



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