Lung function testing device

Lung function testing device

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Caption: Lung function testing device. Medical practitioner setting the date-of-birth value on a small handheld spirometer, part of a test to assess the functioning of the lungs. The spirometer (also called a peak flow meter) measures the amount and speed of air that is exhaled. Spirometry is an important tool used for assessing conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, and chronic obstructive airway diseases (COAD) such as bronchitis and emphysema, also collectively known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Photographed in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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