Pulmonary function laboratories Overview

The Mayo Clinic pulmonary function laboratories offer many tests for common and rare conditions that affect the lungs and breathing. Despite their size, high volume and complexity, these laboratories are staffed by medical professionals who put your needs first. You will receive prompt (one- to two-day availability), individualized and compassionate care.

Across Mayo Clinic's three campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, the pulmonary function laboratories serve about 70 people a day and perform more than 48,000 procedures a year. The laboratories' large patient volume, advanced technology, and outstanding quality assurance program and research activities contribute to Mayo Clinic's international reputation for the accurate diagnosis of respiratory disorders.

A tradition of research and innovation

The Mayo Clinic pulmonary function laboratories grew from the 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." Fighter pilots used this maneuver to maintain consciousness when subjected to G-forces. The original lab and its founders developed:

  • The pulse oximeter
  • The flow volume curve
  • The nitrogen washout method for lung volumes
  • Sleep medicine methods
  • Improved research methods for pulmonary function testing

Due to their large patient volume and advanced technology, the pulmonary function laboratories are involved in many national and international research studies.

Arizona

The Pulmonary Function Laboratory in Arizona is located in the Mayo Clinic Building on the Scottsdale campus and in the Mayo Clinic Hospital on the Phoenix Campus. The lab's services include more than 25 routine pulmonary diagnostic tests and more-specialized procedures.

Florida

The Pulmonary Function Laboratory in Florida is located on 7th floor of Davis Building, provides more than 22 routine and diagnostic tests and many specialized procedures in a 5,000 square foot space consisting of 12 procedure rooms, including:

  • Eight pulmonary function testing rooms
  • One arterial blood sampling room
  • One cardiopulmonary exercise laboratory

Minnesota

The Pulmonary Function Laboratory in Minnesota is the largest and busiest in North America. It's 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
  • Five arterial blood sampling rooms
  • Two cardiopulmonary exercise laboratories

Pulmonary rehabilitation in Minnesota. In conjunction with the Healthy Lifestyle Program, the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine 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.

Spirometry training in Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Pulmonary Function Laboratory provides spirometry training certified by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

2018 classes

2-day initial classes

1-day refresher classes

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

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for respiratory disorders by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for respiratory disorders.

May 22, 2018