Adult Pulmonology and Cystic Fibrosis Program
Barnabas Health Medical Group’s Pulmonary Function Laboratory offers
services for most airway disorders. The lab's staff includes a registered
respiratory therapist and a staff that is specially trained to perform
procedures and to assist the physician in the diagnosis and treatment
of lung diseases, including:
- Chronic Cough
- Cystic Fibrosis
Offering the Most-Advanced Testing
The respiratory therapist has a major role in the patient's health
careteam, working with physicians and nurses in providing evaluation,
diagnosis and treatment of these conditions. The pulmonary lab provides
diagnostic testing including:
- Pulmonary Function Testing, including spirometry (to measure air flow and
volume), lung volumes (to determine whether air is trapped in the lungs)
and diffusion capacity (to measure the rate of transfer of air, or oxygen,
from the lungs to the bloodstream). Physicians may order these tests to
determine inhalation and exhalation, flow rates, air trapping and gas transfer.
- Oximetry Studies determine the percentage of oxygen saturation in patients
suffering from shortness of breath. These tests also are ordered to meet
guidelines for home oxygen therapy.
- Bronchoscopy is performed by a board-certified pulmonologist using a state-of-the-art
flexible bronchofiberscope. Performed in the Pediatric Day Stay Unit at
Monmouth Medical Center, this diagnostic procedure obtains lung tissue
samples for analysis and specimens for microbiology testing for infections.
- Exercise testing to evaluate for the possible presence of exercise induced asthma.
- NIOX MINO is a machine that measures exhaled nitric oxide. This is a noninvasive
marker for inflammatory disorders such as asthma.
- The Impulse Oxcillometry System (IOS) is used for pediatric patients ages
3-5 years old to measure resistance and obstruction in ventilation disorders.
- Cystic Fibrosis