Clinical Assessment of Spirometric Data
The utilization of pulmonary function tests for the evaluation of lung diseases has increased dramatically for several years. This is in part because of further understanding of pathophysiological concepts and standardization of techniques, but is principly due to the adaptation of the computer to pulmonary function equipment. The addition of the computer to pulmonary function modules has created several advances: time-consuming and laborious manual calculations have been eliminated, mechanical preparation for tests have been simplified, the.time required for the tests has been decreased and the final data are displayed almost instantly in a well organized, concise format. These advantages allow physicians to use pulmonary function tests routinely, and screening tests are now available in virtually all community hospitals throughout the United States and small microprocessor units are commonly used for office spirometry. Results of spirometric data are useful in various situations: (1) Diagnosis, (2) Determination of impairment, (3) Patient management and (4) Industrial screening.
KeywordsIdiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Interstitial Lung Disease Forced Vital Capacity Pulmonary Function Test Usual Interstitial Pneumonia
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