Pulmonary Services

Located on the seventh floor of the Hospital, the Richard and Joyce Bush Sleep and Pulmonary Center provides all the resources needed to diagnose and treat your pulmonary issues in one location.

We offer a complete array of testing services to get to the root cause of our patients’ pulmonary issues.

Pulmonary Function Testing

  • Spirometry – measures lung function, specifically the measurement of the amount (volume) and/or speed (flow) of air that can be inhaled and exhaled
  • Lung Volume Measurements – measures the capacity of a patient’s lungs
  • Diffusing Capacity - measures the lung's ability to absorb and excrete gases, notably, oxygen and carbon dioxide. Bellin also offers the Impulse Oscilliometry (IOS) for those patients who are disabled and cannot give the necessary level of effort for testing.

Exercise Physiology Testing

  • Oximetry - a sensor is placed on a relatively thin part of the patient's anatomy, usually a fingertip or earlobe, and red and infrared light is passed from one side to the other. From these readings, a measure of oxygenation (the percent of hemoglobin molecules bound with oxygen molecules) can be made.
  • Ambulating Oximetry – same as the standard Oximetry, but measurements are made as the patient is moving.
  • Cardiopulmonary Stress Test - progressive multistage treadmill test (Pulmonologist present) to evaluate the heart and lung response to exercise using breath-by-breath analysis of expired gases and 12 lead EKG. Lasts 1 1/2 hours. This test is also available offsite. Bellin is one of 2 hospitals in the Midwest and 8 in the nation to with portable equipment, the Oxycon Mobile.
  • Oxygen Stress Test - progressive multistage treadmill test (Pulmonologist present) to evaluate oxygen saturation during exercise to determine the need for supplemental oxygen. Includes 12 lead EKG and lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours.
  • Respiratory Muscle Strength – detectst respiratory muscle weakness.
  • Indirect Calorimetry - a measurement of metabolism via oxygen consumption and CO2 production to help predict a patient’s energy (calorie) requirements.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is part of our comprehensive Cardiopulmonary and Vascular Rehabilitation Program. For more information, click here.