• Achieving the Highest Standards in Pulmonary Function Testing

    Pulmonary function testing is a tool used to assess respiratory disease. Through the series of tests we offer at our Pulmonary Function Laboratory, we can accurately diagnose and monitor your child’s condition, ensuring we provide the most timely, effective treatment.

    We provide a range of non-invasive, painless tests to identify and evaluate your child’s condition. We collaborate with your child’s physician, making it easier to diagnose specific problems and plan the most effective treatment options.

    Our lab is one of only 13 to be included in the American Thoracic Society Registry (ATS). We perform all tests to ATS standards, and our staff’s 95 combined years of experience working with children means we are the best resource for answers about your child’s respiratory condition.

    What to Expect During Testing

    During your child’s pulmonary function test (PFT), we allow one parent or guardian to stay in the testing room. Other adults, children or siblings can stay in our waiting room.

    Most tests are done with a mouthpiece filter and nose clips. Our therapists will make sure your child is comfortable with the tests; we often encourage children to look at the tests as a fun game. Pulmonary function tests are effort dependent; not all children are able to perform the tests, and children younger than age 6 might not produce clinically useful results. Our therapists will coach your child to achieve the best effort, and we may ask you to return for follow-up testing to obtain the necessary information about your child’s lung health. 

  • Tests We Perform

    The Pulmonary Function Laboratory can conduct a wide range of tests that assess aspects of your child’s respiratory function. In 2010, the PFT lab performed approximately 9,000 tests in over 6,000 children and adults.

    Read more
  • Meet Our Team

    Our staff has extensive experience conducting respiratory testing with children.

    Read more
  • A patient performs a lung volume test while at the Pulmonary Function Laboratory.

    A patient performs a lung volume test while at the Pulmonary Function Laboratory.

  • Pulmonary Medicine

    Our pulmonology program was rated No. 1 in the country in the 2015-16 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.
    Ranked No. 1 in the U.S. News & World Report's latest rankings for pulmonary care among children's hospitals, the Division of Pulmonary Medicine features specialized centers for cystic fibrosis, asthma, sleep disorders and rare lung diseases.Read more