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For lung testing and treatment, please call the Mercy Pulmonology Clinic at (319) 221-8788.
An outpatient procedure approved by the FDA for the treatment of severe persistent asthma in patients 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists. The bronchoscopy-based procedure uses a small catheter to deliver controlled energy to the airways of the lung to reduce the amount of excessive airway smooth muscle (ASM). This reduction in ASM decreases the muscle’s ability to constrict the airways, resulting in a decreased frequency of asthma attacks. Learn more about bronchial thermoplasty.
Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look at your airway through a thin viewing instrument called a bronchoscope. During a bronchoscopy, your doctor will examine your throat, larynx, trachea and lower airways. Bronchoscopy may be done to diagnose problems with the airway, the lungs or lymph nodes in the chest, or to treat problems such as an object or growth in the airway. Bronchoscopy prep sheet (PDF)
A non-invasive, painless test that produces multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. These images show cross-sectional views of the area being studied, producing greater clarity than a traditional X-ray. Learn more about CT scan.
Methacholine Challenge Testing is done to check airway sensitivity to a medication called Methacholine. During testing, you will breathe the medication and perform repeat breathing tests to see how the medication affects you. Methacholine Challenge Test prep sheet
A type of nuclear medicine imaging scan in which small amounts of radioactive material are injected, inhaled or swallowed. This is done to diagnose a variety of diseases and abnormalities within the body. Learn more about PET scan.
Exercise Laryngoscopy is performed for further evaluation and diagnostic treatment of vocal cord dysfunction and/or associated disorders. Pulmonary Exercise Laryngoscopy prep sheet
Measures how much air moves in and out of your lungs when you exercise. Pulmonary Exercise Stress Test prep sheet (PDF)
A painless way to measure how well your lungs are working. Results of the tests may explain shortness of breath, various types of lung problems, and whether breathing problems are a risk during general anesthesia. Pulmonary Function Test prep sheet (PDF)
A medical procedure to help diagnose disease or injury inside your body. A chest X-ray is a very common exam because radiographs (the X-ray picture) can show diseases of the heart and lungs. Learn more about X-Ray.