Pulmonary Diagnostics

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Inova Lung ServicesPrograms and Services — Pulmonary Diagnostics

Pulmonary Diagnostics

Inova's Pulmonary Diagnostics program provides testing and treatment to assist referring healthcare providers with your lung care. We offer pulmonary diagnostics at four locations. Contact a location for more information on testing. 

  • Inova Fairfax Medical Campus
  • Inova Alexandria Hospital
  • Inova Fair Oaks Medical Campus
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital

We provide pulmonary function testing, exercise testing and specific treatments that provide the ordering healthcare provider with important clinical information that will impact:

  • Assessing lung health
  • Confirming a diagnosis
  • Classifying disease severity
  • Determining the best therapy
  • Evaluating response to prescribed therapy
  • Assessing disease progression

Who Benefits from Testing?

  • Athletes
  • Individuals who are:
    • Healthy and want to know their lung function and exercise status
    • Suffering from allergies
    • Exposed to inhaled irritants, such as fire fighters
    • Preparing for lung, heart, abdominal or other surgeries (to assess lung status and identify underlying problems)
    • Living with lung conditions such as: asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension and other advanced lung diseases
    • Living with neuromuscular disorders (to assess lung involvement and monitor progression)

Healthcare Provider Referral – Order and Insurance Authorization

You must have an order from your physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant, to undergo pulmonary diagnostic testing and treatments. Once you have orders, our scheduling team will assist you with insurance authorization. Contact us for more information.

Tests and Treatments

Inova's Pulmonary Diagnostics Program offers the following tests and treatments:

Pulmonary Function Testing

  • Spirometry
  • Pre and Post Bronchodilator Spirometry    
  • Spirometry Supine And Erect
  • Lung Volume Plethysmography
  • Lung Volume Nitrogen Wash Out
  • Diffusion Capacity (DLCO)
  • Maximal Voluntary Ventilation (MVV)
  • Maximal Inspiratory Pressure (MIP)
  • Maximal Expiratory Pressure (MEP)
  • High Altitude Simulation Test (HAST)

Exercise Testing

  • 6 Minute Walk Test (6MWT)
  • Bro Cardiopulmonary Exercise Stress Test (CPST)
  • Pediatric Exercise Induced Bronchospasm (EIB) Evaluation

Other Testing

  • Arterial Blood Gas
  • Bronchial Provocation Challenge
  • Sputum Induction


  • Pentamidine Aerosol Treatments