Specialised Tests

We offer a range of specialised tests in-house to ensure we have the most accurate diagnosis:

Spirometry:

It can measure how effectively air can be moved in and out of the lungs. Spirometry is used as an aid to diagnose asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other conditions that affect breathing.

How is the test done?

We ask you to take a few deep breathes and blow out for as long and hard as you can.  As simple as that.

Audiometry:

This tests air and bone conduction.   It checks your ability to hear sounds. Sounds vary, based on their loudness (intensity) and the speed of sound wave vibrations (tone).

How is the test done?

You wear headphones and press a button when you hear a sound.

Tympanometry:

This is an examination used to test the condition of your middle ear and mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and the conduction bones by creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal.

How is the test done?

Using a flexible probe or small earphone into the ear canal for a few seconds which blows a small puff of air and sound

Nasopharyngoscopy:

This is a procedure that enables Dr Katzen to examine the internal surfaces of the nose and throat and look into the opening of your lungs.

 How is the test done?

The instrument used has a thin tube with a fibre optic camera which is placed into your nose.

Allergy testing:

We test for allergies by using allergy extracts such as cat, dog, bird, cattle, horse hair, pollens, house mites etc.

How is the test done?

The extract is placed on small light scratches on your arm, we leave it on for 10 minutes and see if there is any reaction.  The reaction might be a small swelling like a mosquito bite.

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