Compassionate, Expert Pulmonologists
Pulmonologists are doctors who specialize in lung and respiratory health. Mercer Medicine’s expert pulmonologists can diagnose and treat respiratory conditions including:
- Chest infections
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Pulmonary hypertension
Lung Cancer Screenings
Mercer Medicine’s imaging department offers low-dose CT scans, the recommended screening for lung cancer detection in people who are at risk. Regular cancer screenings can save your life and low-dose CT scans have shown to be more effective than chest x-rays at detecting lung cancer (Source).
Contact your provider to learn if a low-dose CT scan is right for you.
Our Pulmonology Resources
Our connection with the Mercer University School of Medicine gives our pulmonologists an advantage when serving you. Mercer’s School of Medicine is recognized nationwide for being on the cutting edge of medical research, innovative treatment options, and new procedures. Our pulmonologists use the university as a valuable resource to effectively serve you with the best possible treatments and help you live a healthy life.
What is a pulmonary function test?
A pulmonary function test measures your lung strength and health by measuring how well you can breathe. Your pulmonologist will perform this test if you are experiencing lung problems, and the results can help the doctor diagnosis conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, COPD, and more. There are different types of pulmonary function tests to measure your lung capacity and strength, including spirometry. During this test, you will sit in front of a machine and breathe air into a mouthpiece. Your doctor will provide instructions on how you should breathe for accurate measurements.
How should I prepare for a pulmonary function test?
It’s common for pulmonologists to recommend you wear loose clothing, avoid consuming caffeine and smoking before your exam. Your doctor will give specific recommendations to help you prepare for your pulmonary function test.
What are some signs of pulmonary disease?
Patients suffering from pulmonary diseases often experience similar symptoms including coughing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and wheezing. Contact your provider if you are experiencing these symptoms.
Am I considered high-risk for lung cancer?
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual low dose CT scans for patients who:
- Have a history of heavy smoking, and
- Smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years, and
- Are between 55 and 80 years old.
If you are a primary care doctor interested in referring your patient to our pulmonologists, please visit our referral page for more information.