Pulmonary Function Laboratory

The Mayo Clinic Pulmonary Function Laboratory in Minnesota is the largest and busiest in North America. It grew from Mayo Clinic's Department of Physiology, which during and after World War II developed the aviator's oxygen mask, the G-suit, the oxygen bail-out bottle, and the "M1 maneuver," which fighter pilots use to maintain consciousness when "pulling Gs."

The lab and its founders developed the original pulse oximeter; the flow volume curve; the nitrogen washout method for lung volumes; early and ongoing methods development in sleep medicine; quality assurance methods for pulmonary function testing in clinical research, and the nonspecific pattern in pulmonary function testing.

The Pulmonary Function Laboratory, located on the 18th floor of the Gonda Building, provides more than 25 routine pulmonary diagnostic tests and many more specialized procedures in a 10,000 square foot space consisting of 24 procedure rooms, including:

  • 13 pulmonary function testing rooms
  • 5 arterial blood sampling rooms
  • 2 cardiopulmonary exercise laboratories

The lab serves 150 to 225 patients each day and performs approximately 80,000 procedures per year. As a result of its large patient volume, advanced technology, outstanding quality assurance program and research activities, the Pulmonary Function Laboratory is an international leader in the accurate diagnosis of respiratory ailments.

Despite its size and complexity, the Pulmonary Function Lab supports Mayo's primary value, "The needs of the patient come first," by providing prompt (1-2 day availability) individualized, compassionate care for all of our patients.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The Pulmonary and Critical Care division also offers a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program for people who experience breathing problems as a result of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma and other chronic lung conditions. By learning breathing and relaxation techniques, the program helps you:

  • Better cope with stressful situations
  • Maximize your energy level
  • Improve your overall health and well-being.

Spirometry Training

The Mayo Clinic Pulmonary Function Laboratory provides spirometry training certified by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). See the NIOSH website for complete course details.

2018 classes

  1. Feb. 15-16, 2018 (PDF) – Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
  2. June 1-2, 2018 (PDF) — Niagara Falls, N.Y.
  3. Oct. 12-13 and Nov. 19-20, 2018 (PDF) — Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla., and Rochester, Minn.
  1. Feb. 15, 2018 (PDF) — Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
  2. June 1, 2018 (PDF) — Niagara Falls, N.Y.
  3. Oct. 12, 2018 (PDF) — Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla.
  4. Nov. 19, 2018 (PDF) — Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

Contact Tera Hagen at 800-533-1653 for information regarding on-site courses.