Pulmonology deals with diseases of the lungs and the respiratory tract such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, lung fibroses, environmentally caused lung disease, and sleep disorders.
SCRMC provides patients with a broad range of pulmonology services, including on-site lung function testing. Lung function tests (also called pulmonary function tests, or PFTs) evaluate how well a person’s lungs work. The tests can determine how much air your lungs can hold, how quickly you can move air in and out, and how well your lungs add oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from your blood. They help doctors and other medical staff diagnose lung diseases, measure the severity of lung injury/damage, and determine the most appropriate treatment. PFTs are most commonly used for asthma, lung damage from smoking (COPD/emphysema), and pulmonary fibrosis (scaring).