Respiratory Function Testing

Brisbane North Lung Function provides a wide range of comprehensive diagnostic Respiratory Function Tests (RFTs) for assessment of various conditions. Testing requires little patient preparation and usually takes half an hour, depending on additional tests required (see general considerations for lung function testing for further information)

Two testing facilities are available at the Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital (HSNPH) for both out-patients and in-patients.

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Indications for RFT's

  1. Asthma assessment (including Mannitol Challenge for pre-employment Occupational Assessment).
  2. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) diagnosis and assessment.
  3. Interstitial Lung Disease assessment (including Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis [IPF] and Sarcoidosis).
  4. Pre-operative risk assessment and diagnosis (e.g. before cardio-thoracic surgery, bariatric surgery or upper abdominal surgery in patients with chronic lung disease).
  5. Neuro-muscular disease assessment to establish likelihood of respiratory muscle weakness leading to low oxygen saturation during sleep.
  6. Cardiovascular disease assessment for diagnosis of causes of breathlessness and monitoring of lung function on cardiac medication (e.g. beta-blockers, amiodarone and ACE-inhibitors).
  7. Monitoring of lung function whilst undergoing therapy which may cause lung injury (e.g. chemotherapy such as Bleomycin, immunosuppressive therapy such as Methotrexate).
  8. Medico-legal assessment for diagnosis and measurement of Impairment (e.g. occupational lung diseases such as asbestos-related conditions or Disability Pension assessments).


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