Respiratory functional explorations
Respiratory functional explorations (RFE) group a variety of examinations that allow assessing a person's respiratory capability (the breath). They are used for diagnostic purposes in the case of respiratory symptoms, but also for the follow-up and surveillance of known lung diseases.
These tests allow measuring several indicators including the volume of air that can be contained in the lungs, the flow of air in the quality of gas exchanges between the air and the blood, and so on.
The respiratory functional exploration can gather several examinations including:
- The spirometry: it is the basic unavoidable examination of the respiratory functional explorations.
- The plethysmography: it is a cabin allowing the measure of the totality of pulmonic volumes and capacities.
- The gasometry: it is the measure of blood gases.
- The exercises tests.