Pulmonary Function Testing is offered at three locations: Washington Health System Washington Hospital, the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center (WRCWC), and our Waynesburg office. Pulmonary Functions are a series of breathing maneuvers that can help your doctor determine if you have a lung problem or the degree of damage in your lungs. The tests are painless and take 30-45 minutes to complete. To help us get the best possible testing results, we ask that you do not smoke or take any breathing medications for 4-6 hours before your test.
Oximetry and Six Minute Walk tests are offered at all three locations. Oximetry is a painless, noninvasive method of determining how much oxygen is in your blood. Your doctor might want us to check your oxygen level with or without exertion. We can also give you an oximeter to take home to wear overnight to ensure that you are breathing well while you sleep. For patients with home oxygen who want to fly, we offer a High Altitude Simulation Test that can determine whether you would have trouble breathing in an airplane.
Stress Testing is offered only at the hospital lab. This is another painless test that helps the doctor better assess how well your entire cardiovascular system uses oxygen and gets rid of carbon dioxide.
Bronchoscopy is an invasive test that allows the doctor to look directly into your lungs. This allows them to get biopsies or microbiology samples to assist them in making a diagnosis. Washington Health System Washington Hospital has the latest video and navigational bronchoscopy technology that allows us to reach smaller nodules farther out in the airways. This allows us to reach a diagnosis more quickly. A quicker diagnosis and can lead to less invasive and costly treatment. To make you comfortable, the doctor will sedate you throughout the procedure.
Tobacco Cessation is done in conjunction with the WRCWC. Together, we offer a comprehensive program designed to help you quit smoking. Our Highmark patients can participate in the “Clear the Air” program free of charge. Contact the WRCWC for more information.