Spirometry is a type of lung function test that measures the amount of air taken in (volume) and exhaled as a function of time.
During a spirometry test, a patient places their mouth over the mouthpiece of the spirometer, takes a deep breath in, and then blows out as forcefully as possible.
Spirometry gives health care professionals two important numbers that may indicate problems with lung function. These are: Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) – how much air you can blow out of your lungs and Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV1) – the amount of air you can blow out in 1 second.
Spirometry is the best way of detecting the presence of airway obstruction and making a definitive diagnosis of asthma and COPD.
In Europe, most general practionners can perform spirometry. You will then probably be referred to a specialist.
To raise awareness on the importance of COPD early diagnosis, ECC runs a series of important spirometry events, mainly at European level, with the involvement of key EU leaders.
Please see on the right-hand side column for news on our spirometry events.