InterMune Know IPF Now

InterMune Know IPF Now

Monitoring disease progression

You will be scheduled for regular doctor visits to determine how your condition is progressing. During doctor visits, you may have the following tests:

  • Pulmonary function tests:
    • Spirometry is a type of test that evaluates how air moves in and out of your lungs. Some specific things that can be measured with spirometry include:
      • Forced vital capacity (FVC), which measures the amount of air you can exhale with force after you inhale as deeply as possible
      • Forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), which measures the amount of air you can exhale in the first second of exhaling forcefully
    • Diffusing capacity tests measure how well gases are exchanged between the lungs and blood; a DLCO test measures how carbon monoxide is exchanged by the lungs
  • Exercise test: Walking tests measure how far you can walk within a set amount of time, your oxygen saturation while walking, and how quickly you recover after exercise
  • Lung scans: If the pulmonary function tests change significantly, an additional high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) may be used to monitor the progression of the scarring in your lungs

In addition, your doctor will ask you about how you feel and about your ability to perform daily activities.

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