Pulmonary Diagnostics

Pulmonary Diagnostics at UnityPoint Health - Meriter provides diagnostic testing and procedures to assist the health care provider in diagnosing and treating lung disease. Patients require a referral and order from their physician.

Testing/Diagnostics Performed

  • Spirometry (Pulmonary Function Test)
  • Diffusion Capacity
  • Plethysmography/Lung volumes
  • Arterial Blood Gas
  • Bronchial Challenge
  • Cardiopulmonary Stress Test
  • High Altitude Simulation Test
  • Exercise Oximetry- 6 minute Walk Test (Pulmonary Stress Test)
  • Bronchoscopy

Visit yourlunghealth.org for a patient friendly explanation of the tests listed above.

Why perform these tests/diagnostics?

Various diagnostic testing assist health care providers in determining and treating lung disease.

What do I do during this test?

You will be provided instructions for each test or diagnostic you are scheduled for. Most of the tests require you to breathe through a mouth piece, like a large straw. You may be asked to inhale a mist to see if your breathing improves. You also may have blood drawn from your artery to check your oxygen and carbon dioxide levels. This tells us how well your lungs use the air you breathe.

What happens after the test?

You provider will discuss your results when he or she has the final report.

Where are you located?

When arriving at UnityPoint Health - Meriter hospital, park on the 8th floor of the parking structure. Enter the hospital on the 8th floor of the parking structure and follow the signs to the Pulmonary Diagnostics Department. The staff in the Pulmonary Diagnostics Department will register you for your appointment.

If you have any questions before your test, please call us.