Taking the patient’s medical history in a detailed interview and performing a physical examination are the basis for any further diagnostics.
The lung function cabin (whole-body plethysmography) enables numerous respiratory and lung parameters to be recorded for further diagnostics. At the same time, the respiratory gases are measured in order to additionally derive the capacity of the pulmonary alveoli to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide (DLCO).
This examination is usually supplemented by an analysis of the blood gases in the arterial or capillary blood. This also determines the balance of acids and bases in the blood, which is largely regulated by respiration.
Ultrasound can be used to visualize the chest wall, pleural cavity and pathological changes in the lungs.
In order to differentiate cardiac diseases, it is often necessary to examine the heart by means of echocardiography, ECG at rest as well as under stress (ergometry).
Radiological examinations are of great importance in diagnostics. Technical development allows for ever lower radiation exposure with the most modern equipment (e.g., with ultra-low-dose technology). We cooperate with several radiological practices to perform these examinations.