Tests & Diagnostics
Functional and Blood Tests
We believe that each and every patient is unique and deserves individualized approach. None of the tests should be used alone to diagnose and treat the problem – the best approach is to use most specific and precise tests to confirm suspicion. Our practitioners and medical staff spend most of the time to collect history of the symptoms and all clinical information – many times no other tests are needed as history and clinical exam provide the answer.
We use many Chinese Medicine functional tests such as energy balancing, skin rebound test, iris diagnostics and pulse diagnostics.
We combine the most reliable and informative tests from traditional and alternative medicines. Our clinic provides comprehensive screen to irritants and allergens. Our safe and non-invasive techniques allow our patients to identify specific food allergies and protein intolerance. We use food patch testing and direct prick methods.
There are multiple ways food and environment can cause problems – small immune proteins that circulate in blood and can be tested with pricks or in blood. We contract with special laboratories that test for heavy metals, metabolism, hormones, food IgG panels, gut probiotics and fungal testing, digestive panels for food intolerance etc.
Testing to diagnose asthma and lung problems includes but not limited to pulmonary function testing, exercise challenge and other endurance measurement techniques.
We also specialize in stress-related speech/breathing problems and upper airway diagnostics.
If you are scheduled to have a specific test during appointment please check your test info below for instructions.
PULMONARY FUNCTION TEST
For some of the test measurements, you can breathe normally and quietly. Other tests require forced inhalation or exhalation after a deep breath. Sometimes you will be asked to inhale the substance or a medicine to see how it changes your test results.
Lung volume measurement can be done in two ways:
The most accurate way is to sit in a sealed, clear box that looks like a telephone booth (body plethysmograph) while breathing in and out into a mouthpiece. Changes in pressure inside the box help determine the lung volume.
Lung volume can also be measured when you breathe nitrogen or helium gas through a tube for a certain period of time. The concentration of the gas in a chamber attached to the tube is measured to estimate the lung volume.
To measure diffusion capacity, you breathe a harmless gas, called a tracer gas, for a very short time, often for only one breath. The concentration of the gas in the air you breathe out is measured. The difference in the amount of gas inhaled and exhaled measures how effectively gas travels from the lungs into the blood. This test allows the doctor to estimate how well the lungs move oxygen from the air into the bloodstream.
Diagnose certain types of lung disease (such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema);
Find the cause of shortness of breath;
Measure whether exposure to chemicals at work affects lung function;
Check lung function before someone has surgery;
It also can be done to:
Assess the effect of medication;
Measure progress in disease treatment;
Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results.
Different measurements that may be found on your report after spirometry include:
Expiratory reserve volume (ERV);
Forced vital capacity (FVC);
Forced expiratory volume (FEV);
Forced expiratory flow 25% to 75%;
Functional residual capacity (FRC);
Maximum voluntary ventilation (MVV);
Residual volume (RV);
Peak expiratory flow (PEF);
Slow vital capacity (SVC);
Total lung capacity (TLC);
Some lung diseases (such as emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis, and infections) can make the lungs contain too much air and take longer to empty. These lung diseases are called obstructive lung disorders.
Other lung diseases make the lungs scarred and smaller so that they contain too little air and are poor at transferring oxygen into the blood. Examples of these types of illnesses include:
Fibrosis of the lungs;
Sarcoidosis and scleroderma;