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About Pulmonary Function Testing

The Pulmonary Function Testing Laboratory at MassGeneral Hospital for Children has comprehensive state-of-the-art facilities for performing and interpreting pulmonary function testing in children. The lab is registered with the American Thoracic Society and serves the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Accredited Care Center.

Diagnostic Services

  • Spirometry
    • Pre-Post inhaled bronchodilator
    • Positional spirometry
  • Helium Lung Volumes – TLC, RV, ERV, FRC, IC and SVC
  • Full body Plethysmography Thoracic Gas Volume, Airways Resistance, Specific Conductance
  • Maximal Airway pressures
  • Diffusion Capacity - sb DLCO
  • C02 Expired Gas Determination
  • Exhaled Nitric Oxide Analysis
  • Breathing Response To C02 (infared analyzer)
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Sweat Iontophoresis
  • Indirect Calorimetry – Resting 02 Consumption
  • Pneumogram, 12-24 hour recording, infant (inpatient)
  • Exercise Challenge
    • Simple Exercise Challenge – Simple Pre-Post Spirometry, Oximetry – EIB provocation. Bronchodilator if indicated.
    • Complex Exercise Challenge – CPET
    • Pre – Post Spirometry, C02 Production 02 uptake, ECG, Oximetry
    • Six-Minute Walk Test