Pulmonary Diagnostics Lab
The Pulmonary Diagnostics Lab utilizes the most sophisticated equipment available today. The lab's focus is to test patients who their
physician may suspect may have lung disease. All testing procedures adhere to the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and National Institute
of Safety and Health (NIOSH) standards. When a patient is suspected of having breathing difficulties, their physician may want them to
have a "breathing test." The "breathing test" is scheduled as an outpatient procedure. The patient is taught to blow into special
equipment that measures their lung function. Lung tests are available at Wheeling Hospital Pulmonary Lab include:
- Lung volumes
- Diffusion capacity
- Methacholine Challenge (when asthma is suspected)
- Arterial blood gas analysis
- Resting/walking pulse oximetry (non invasive measurement for O2 qualification)
- Resting Energy Expenditure (REE)
- Cardio/pulmonary stress testing
- Aerosolized Pentamidine Treatment
The Pulmonary Lab Staff is licensed by the WVBORC as Respiratory Therapists, and as Pulmonary Function Technologists by the NBRC. The combined clinical experience of more than 65 years enables the staff to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's lung health.
To have a pulmonary function test the patient's physician first must order specific testing. An appointment is made as an outpatient procedure. Pre-registration is available.
The patient will be instructed by their physician to withhold any breathing medications (if possible) for a certain amount of time before the test.
The amount of time to complete the testing varies from 30 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on the test that is ordered. The testing consists of blowing into the testing machine certain ways. The Respiratory Therapist will instruct and guide the patient throughout the testing procedure.
The Pulmonary Lab is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.