The Huxford Clinic offers a variety of specialized pulmonary services including the following:
On-site Chest Radiography (Chest X-rays)
A chest X-ray is done to help find the cause of common pulmonary symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain. It also helps diagnose lung conditions such as pneumonia, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), in addition to monitoring treatment for these conditions.
On-site Pulmonary Function Testing (PFTs)
On-site Pulmonary Function Testing (PFTs) to diagnose and manage asthma, COPD, interstitial lung diseases, and others. PFTs are a broad range of tests that measure how well the lungs take in and exhale air and how efficiently they transfer oxygen into the blood.
Arterial Blood Gas Testing (ABGs)
An arterial blood gas (ABG) test measures the acidity (pH) and the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood from an artery (usually the radial artery which is found in the wrist). This test is used to check how well your lungs are able to move oxygen into the blood and remove carbon dioxide from the blood. It is typically done in conjunction with PFTs.
Alpha-one Antitrypsin (AAT) Genetic Testing
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is an inherited disorder that may cause lung disease and liver disease. Affected individuals often develop emphysema, which is a lung disease caused by damage to the small air sacs in the lungs. A low level of AAT in blood indicates that the person tested may have alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. The lower the level of AAT, the greater the risk of developing emphysema. We offer a free test to screen for this condition. It is a simple finger-prick test.
6-minute Walk Testing
The 6-minute walk test (6MWT) is an easy to perform and practical test that has been used in the assessment of patients with a variety of cardiopulmonary diseases. It simply measures the distance that a patient can walk on a flat, hard surface in a period of 6 minutes.
Venous Blood Draws
Used for routine lab testing.