Lung Center

About the Lung Center

The Lung Center is a multidisciplinary team consisting of pulmonologists, radiologists, thoracic surgeons, respiratory therapists and other clinicians who specialize in the testing, diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases and disorders.

With locations at both the North and South Hospital Campuses of Oklahoma Heart Hospital, all Lung Center pulmonologists are Board certified in both pulmonology and critical care medicine.

A Focus on Lung Disease Management

At the Lung Center we treat a variety of disorders, including asthma, asthmatic bronchitis, bronchiolar disorders, chronic obstructive lung disease (chronic bronchitis and emphysema), infectious lung disease, interstitial lung diseases (including pulmonary fibrosis), shortness of breath and other pulmonary disorders.

The Lung Cancer Screening Program

Our lung cancer screening program is based on the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLST), and incorporates guidelines published by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). In accordance with best practices, we have assembled a multidisciplinary team consisting of pulmonologists, radiologists, thoracic surgeons and other clinicians to oversee your care.

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Pulmonary Function Laboratory

The pulmonary function laboratory offers a variety of lung tests in an American Thoracic Society (ATS)-certified lab with respiratory therapists specially trained in pulmonary testing.  Services available in the lab include Spirometry, Lung Volumes, DLCO, six-minute walk test, Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (VO2), Bronchoprovocation testing with Methacholine, arterial blood analysis and inhaler education.

Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test (VO2 max)

VO2 max measures the amount of oxygen your body uses at different exertion levels while you exercise on a bike or treadmill. It is useful for diagnosing pulmonary disorders and also for identifying target heart rate zones to maximize weight loss and exercise endurance. Our lab offers VO2 testing for both diagnostic purposes and for athletes who want to take their workout to the next level.  Included in the testing is a metabolic analysis to help you understand your own metabolic rate and how to stay inside your body’s target caloric zones to lose or maintain weight. When trying to reach your health and fitness goals, our testing can help you work smarter, not harder.

Cost for a VO2 max test plus metabolic analysis at our lung center is $150.  Diagnostic VO2 max testing with physician interpretation requires a referral. However, no referral is required for exercise purposes.

Diagnostic Bronchoscopy

Diagnostic bronchoscopy is an outpatient procedure used to view the lungs, airways, vocal cords and trachea. Samples of the lung can be taken for evaluation of infection, cancer and other lung diseases.  This procedure aids our physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of lung disorders.