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Test for lung health


Spirometry is a standard test which Westridge Medical Toowoomba use to measure how well your lungs are functioning. The test works by measuring airflow in and out of your lungs.

To take a spirometry test, you sit and breathe into a small machine called a spirometer. This medical device records the amount of air you breathe in and out and the speed of your breath.

Spirometry tests are used to diagnose these conditions:

  • COPD
  • asthma
  • restrictive lung disease (such as interstitial pulmonary fibrosis)
  • other disorders affecting lung function
  • allows the monitoring of chronic lung conditions, it is important to check that your current treatment is improving your breathing.

how to prepare for a Spirometry test?

  • Refrain from smoking 1 hour prior to testing
  • Avoid alcohol 24 hours prior to testing
  • Do not eat a large meal within 2 hours of testing
  • Wear loose clothing
  • Refrain from vigorous exercise within 30 minutes of testing
  • Check with Westridge Medical before testing if you take any puffer medications

how is a Spirometry procedure performed?

A spirometry test is painless and usually takes between 10 – 15 minutes and generally happens in your doctor’s office. Here’s what happens during a spirometry procedure:

  • You will attach a nose clip and then be asked to breathe through a mouthpiece.
  • Your doctor will coach you to take in as big a breath as possible.
  • Next you will blast the air out as fast as you can until your lungs are completely empty.
  • You will do the above three times or more to make sure the results are accurate. You may be given a medication to breathe in. The test will then be repeated to show if your lungs have responded to the medication.

Remember to look after your lungs, especially with the COVID-19 world pandemic, breathing is life and health. Get your lungs tested and checked so that your GP can help ensure you have great lung health. 

Book your Spirometry Procedure at at Westridge Medical in Toowoomba on 0746366884.