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Spirometry

Man with a nose clip, blowing into a tube for a spirometry testA spirometry test measures how well your lungs are working.

During the test, you'll be asked to breathe into a tube connected to a machine. You'll be asked to breath out hard and fast and to keep breathing out for as long as you can.

You'll need to repeat this three times to get an accurate recording.

Sometimes, you'll be asked to repeat the test after having an inhaler.

There are many places in Canterbury where your doctor can send you for a spirometry test, including community medical centres. The Christchurch Hospital respiratory physiology laboratory also does spirometry testing.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by community respiratory physician, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed June 2021.

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