Lung Testing Specialist

Abraham Ishaaya MD -  - Internal Medicine & Aesthetics

Abraham Ishaaya MD

Internal Medicine & Aesthetics & Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine located in Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA

At the Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers in Los Angeles, Dr. Abraham Avi Ishaaya, a board certified pulmonologist, offer several tests to evaluate the function and performance of your lungs. Based on your exam and symptoms, Dr. Ishaaya may suggest number of tests to help with your diagnosis. These tests can be done on the same day as your appointment. Additionally, if necessary, you can undergo allergy testing at the Center.

Lung Testing

Pulmonary function tests (PFT’s)

PFTs are non-invasive breathing tests done to measure how well the lungs perform. More specifically, these tests are used to:

  • Measure your lung volume, the strength of your diaphragm and the airflow to & from your lungs.
  • Compare your lung function with standards that show how well your lungs should be working.
  • Detect narrowing in the airways.
  • Diagnose certain types of lung disease (such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema)
  • Find the cause of shortness of breath
  • Measure the effect of chronic diseases like asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), or cystic fibrosis on lung function.
  • Identify early changes in lung function that might show a need for a change in treatment.
  • Measure whether exposure to chemicals at work or home affects lung function
  • Check lung function before someone has surgery
  • Assess the effect of medication
  • Measure progress in disease treatment

These non-invasive breathing tests are done during one appointment, and most often can be done on the same day as your medical consultation. You will be asked to breath into a tube that is connected to a machine. Our PFT technician will give you specific instructions on how to do these tests. It may take an effort to do these tests, and you may become tired or light-headed. To get the most accurate results from your breathing tests:

  • Do not smoke for at least 1 hour before the test.
  • Do not drink alcohol for at least 4 hours before the test.
  • Do not exercise heavily for at least 30 minutes before the test.
  • Do not wear tight clothing that makes it difficult for you to take a deep breath.
  • Do not eat a large meal within 2 hours before the test.

Some medications should not be taken before the test. Please check with us prior to your appointment.

Oxygen 6 minute walk study 

This study is used to assess several cardiopulmonary conditions such as pulmonary hypertension and COPD.  The test measures how far you can walk on a flat surface for six minutes.  It is a simple test that only requires you to walk with one of our team member.

Nitric Oxide Testing to assess airway inflammation

Methacholine Challenge to confirm diagnosis of asthma