A Brief Overview Of The Spirometer

A spirometer is a device that measures the amount of air that is taken in and blown out of the lungs. This device can be used to rule out diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. A spirometer is used to find the cause one may be experiencing shortness of breath. It is also used to study the effects of contaminates on lungs, study how certain medication effect the lungs, and to study the progress of certain disease treatment. There are many different types of spirometers, each one measures the volume of air in the lungs in similar ways. For example, and incentive spirometer is used to improve the function of ones lungs.

The earliest record of an attempt to measure lung volumes is dated all the way back to 129-200 A.D. A Greek doctor had a young boy breath in and out of a bladder; the Greek doctor found that the volume didn’t change, thus nothing was learned from the experiment. In 1681 there was a huge break through Borelli, he developed a technique that is used when measuring the parameters of More info: Spirometers

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