Pulmonary Function Lab
The Pulmonary Function Lab at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin performs a wide range of lung function testing for infants, children and adults in a child-friendly environment.
Pulmonary function tests for children can be a challenge. Getting accurate results can be difficult. We make special efforts to make these tests fun for our patients.
A pulmonary function test is a breathing test. It gives information about how well the lungs are working. These tests may be done when a person has shortness of breath, trouble breathing or coughs frequently. The test results may help the doctor to diagnose and treat breathing problems.
The child must be able to follow simple directions about breathing and blowing. Cooperation is very important to obtain good test results. Most 5-year-olds and some younger children can do the easier tests. Other testing will depend on the age and cooperation of the child.
Ordering and scheduling
Appointments for outpatient pulmonary function tests are made through Central Scheduling.
An order from your doctor must be faxed to Central Scheduling before you call to schedule the test.
To make an appointment, contact Central Scheduling at (414) 607-5280 or toll-free at (877) 607-5280. After you schedule the appointment, a pulmonary function technologist will contact you with instructions about how to prepare for the test.