Spirometry is a test that measures the amount of air a person's
lungs can move in and out and at what rate.
To be tested:
- The person places his or her mouth on the
mouthpiece that is attached to a recording device (spirometer).
person breathes in (inhales) as deeply as possible.
- The person then
blows out (exhales) as hard, fast, and completely as possible.
This test can be done in a doctor's office or the hospital
and is not painful.