Pulmonary Medicine of DaytonPulmonary Medicine of Dayton

Business Office & Clinic 1
Sycamore Medical Center Physician Office Building
4000 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Suite 450
Miamisburg, OH 45342
(P) 937-439-3600(P) 937-439-3600
(F) 937-439-3786

Clinic 2
Kettering Medical Center Physician Office Building
3533 Southern Blvd, Suite 5800
Kettering, OH 45429
(P) 937-439-3600(P) 937-439-3600
(F) 937-439-3786

Pulmonary Function at Pulmonary Medicine of Dayton


Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) is a procedure used to determine lung function for the purpose of:

  • Diagnosis of new lung disease
  • Clearance for planned surgeries
  • Assessing status of existing lung disease
  • Assessing effects of medical treatment on lung function

A respiratory therapist administers the pulmonary function test, which is a series of breathing maneuvers performed by the patient while seated in a booth. After the initial tests are performed, if a bronchodilator (inhaler) may be given, and some of the tests repeated to determine if there is improvement with the medication. The testing requires approximately 1 hour to complete.

Because a bronchodilator is given as part of the test, it is important for the patient to hold all breathing treatments and inhalers prior to the test. These include:

MedicationHold for:
Albuterol, Atrovent, Combivent, Maxair, ProAir, Proventil, Ventolin, Xopenex 4 hours
Advair, Brovana Inhaled Solution, Foradil, Serevent, Symbicort12 hours
Arcapta, Breo, Ellipta, Spiriva24 hours

This may not be a complete list as new medications are introduced frequently. The rule of thumb is if you take the bronchodilator every 4 hours, hold for at least 4 hours, if you take it every 12 hours hold it for at least 12 hours, if you take it every 24 hours, hold it for at least 24 hours. When in doubt call the office 24 hours prior to the test to verify.

The PFT's are performed only at our main office at 4000 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, suite 450, Miamisburg, Ohio. Tests are scheduled on an hourly basis (8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm).

Tests are normally ordered following an appointment with one of our lung doctors, but we can schedule testing as ordered by your primary care physician as well. When complete, reports with color graphs are sent to your primary care physician as well as kept in your permanent chart at our office.

A 6 Minute Walk Test (6MWT) can be done in either office, however it is more frequently done with a pulmonary function test. The patient will walk with a technician in a specific course and asked to walk the greatest distance possible in 6 minutes. The patient will be monitored with a pulse Oximeter to measure O2 saturation and pulse. This may be done with or without oxygen depending on the doctor's orders. A walking device (cane or walker) may be used if appropriate. If a PFT is not being done at the same time, bronchodilators may be taken.

Tests are normally ordered following an appointment with one of our lung doctors, but we can schedule testing as ordered by your primary care physician as well. When complete, reports with color graphs are sent to your primary care physician as well as kept in your permanent chart at our office.

Bronchial provocation test (BPT) can be ordered following a normal pulmonary function test to assist in the assessment of asthma. An agent is inhaled in increasing doses with spirometry performed following each level following to determine a possible reaction. The test will be terminated if a reaction is noted.