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Pulmonary Function Laboratories at UPMC in Central Pa.

Diagnosing your lung condition is the first step toward effective treatment.
Our three pulmonary function laboratories are staffed by trained specialists and are equipped with sophisticated technology to diagnose a variety of respiratory problems including:

  • Restrictive lung disease
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Pneumonia
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Diagnostic Tests

Because lung disease can cause a variety of symptoms, comprehensive diagnostic testing is key to understanding the cause of your respiratory problems. Our specialists offer a variety of tests, including:

  • Arterial blood gas analysis. Measures the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide in your blood and determines your blood’s acidity.
  • Bronchoscopy. The diagnostic respiratory care staff assists physicians performing diagnostic bronchoscopy in our bronchoscopy suites within the relative hospital location. These procedures are arranged by the physician for in-patients and out-patients.
  • Spirometry (pre- and post-bronchodilator). You will be asked to inhale to your total lung capacity, then exhale with full force into the spirometer to measure your forced exhalation. You may then be given breathing medicine to determine if there is improvement in your results.
  • Lung volumes. Measures the total volume of your lung capacity which consists of the breath you can blow out and the air left in your lungs when you are done blowing out.
  • Diffusion capacity. Measures how well your lungs transfer oxygen into the bloodstream and diffuse carbon dioxide from the bloodstream.
  • Exercise saturation study. Evaluates how successfully you are able to get oxygen into your blood while exercising.
  • Methacholine challenge. Evaluates unexplained coughing or possible asthma. You’ll have a series of spirometry tests followed by inhalation of increasing amounts of the chemical methacholine, which helps measure changes in airway function.
  • Exercise induced asthma study. Determines if you suffer from exercise-induced asthma. Exercise-induced asthma is different from asthmatic reactions caused by allergens or irritants.
  • High-altitude simulation test (HAST). Determines your risk of hypoxia in high-altitude situations, such as air travel or skiing.


Cardiac and Pulmonary Diagnostic Services
Located at Commerce Park Professional Center
20 Expedition Trail
Suite 201
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Phone: 717-316-2199
Fax: 717-316-7996

Pulmonary Diagnostic Services
Located at Hillside Medical Center
250 Fame Avenue
Suite 200-202
Hanover, PA 17331

Phone: 717-316-2199
Fax: 717-316-7996

UPMC Community Osteopathic
4300 Londonderry Road
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Phone: 717-652-3000

UPMC Outpatient Services
Formerly known as Fredricksen Outpatient Center
2015 Technology Parkway
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Phone: 717-791-2400

UPMC Harrisburg
111 South Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Phone: 717-782-3131

UPMC Lititz
1500 Highlands Drive
Lititz, PA 17543

Phone: 717-625-5000

UPMC West Shore
1995 Technology Pkwy.
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Phone: 717-791-2600

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