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Testing & Lab Services

A Service of Baystate Medical Center


Pulmonary Lab


Pulmonary Function testing (PFT) is a test to help determine lung function in adults and children.  Results from a pulmonary function test can help diagnose asthma and other pulmonary diseases.  A PFT may be ordered to evaluate lung function before an operation.  This test may be done in the hospital or as an outpatient depending on what your specific needs are.  Services offered with a physician referral include;

  • routine spirometry
  • lung volumes and diffusion capacity
  • pulmonary exercise testing for home oxygen usage or for exercise induced asthma
  • methacholine inhalation challenge
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) is a non-invasive, high technology test available for outpatients Cardiopulmonary Department. The EEG test maps out the electrical activity of the brain, and is often used in the evaluation of seizure disorder, stroke and epilepsy. A Neurologist interprets the test and forwards the results to the patient's personal physician.  To schedule an EEG, call Diagnostic Scheduling at 794-2222.


Sleep Study Testing


Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by the cessation of breathing during sleep. There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), by far the most common in adults, is associated with a collapse of the upper airway causing it to close when one exhales. The occurrence of five or more apneas per hour of sleep, with subsequent lowered blood oxygen levels and daytime sleepiness define OSA.

Over the past 5-10 years, our understanding of sleep disorders has grown tremendously. We now know that OSA is relatively common and its health consequences potentially serious. OSA for example, may cause or contribute to mortality from a number of common medical conditions such as hypertension, congestive heart failure, stroke, and heart attacks. This does not include the more obvious results of abnormal sleepiness such as mood disorders, impaired job performance and motor vehicle and job-related accidents.

Patients admitted for sleep apnea evaluation will spend the night at Baystate Medical Center. As they sleep, specially trained respiratory therapists will monitor them.  After the patient leaves the hospital the following morning, their sleep study results will be reviewed by the therapist and a Pulmonologist, and forwarded to the patient's personal physician.

For more information on sleep apnea and a referral to BMC for a sleep study, contact your personal physician