The pediatric pulmonary function laboratory at Rush University Medical Center offers specialized lung function testing for children from 3 to 18 years of age. This state-of-the-art laboratory is one of the few laboratories dedicated to the evaluation and testing of children with lung disorders. The laboratory houses Chicago's only IOS system, which allows for early diagnosis of asthma. This system enables definitive diagnoses for children as young as 3 years of age, enabling early intervention and individualized asthma management plans.
The pediatric pulmonary function laboratory at Rush provides a full range of diagnostic tests for children and adolescents with lung disorders. Services include:
State-of-the-art exercise testing for patients with exercise-induced asthma
Early asthma diagnosis
Full pulmonary function testing, including DLCO testing for patients on chemotherapy
Comprehensive pulmonary function testing for cystic fibrosis as recommended by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Girish Sharma, MD, is medical director of the pediatric pulmonary function laboratory. Michael Cooper, CRT, is the program coordinator. Susan Hauptman, RRT, is the laboratory's technical supervisor. Our team has studied well over 3,000 patients. We have been involved in numerous research studies seeking better treatments for lung disorders. All of our respiratory therapists have special expertise in the evaluation of children with lung disorders.