The Respiratory Therapy department uses state-of-the-art equipment to treat and manage acute and chronic breathing disorders. Diagnostic tests and therapeutic treatments are conducted by registered and certified respiratory therapists under the direction of physicians. Respiratory Therapy can help with endurance and breathing, strengthen the lungs, and increase overall health by doing many different procedures ranging from diagnostic tests to therapeutic tests and rehab.
Noninvasive tests that show how well the lungs are working. The tests measure lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange. This information can help your healthcare provider diagnose and decide the treatment of certain lung disorders. Outside referrals accepted and results will be sent to your provider.
Methacholine challenge test is performed to evaluate how “reactive” or “responsive” your lungs are. It can help your doctor evaluate symptoms suggestive of asthma, such as cough, chest tightness and shortness of breath, and help diagnose whether or not you have asthma.
Exhaled nitric oxide is a quick test that can help diagnose and manage asthma. It measures the amount of nitric oxide that is exhaled from a breath. Increased levels of nitric oxide are associated with swelling of lung airways. This test can be used to determine whether someone being treated for asthma is responding well to certain medications.