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Respiratory System - Q – Diagnostic tests & Procedure & A – Meaning

arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis of arterial blood to determine the adequacy of lung function in the exchange of gases
pH abbreviation for the potential of hydrogen; measurement of blood acidity or alkalinity
PaO2 abbreviation for partial pressure of oxygen; measurement of the amount of oxygen in the blood
PaCO2 abbreviation for partial pressure of carbon dioxide; measurement of the amount of carbon dioxide in the blood
endoscopy en-dos′k-pē examination inside a body cavity with a flexible endoscope for diagnostic or treatment purposes
bronchoscopy use of a flexible endoscope, called a bronchoscope, to examine the airways
nasopharyngoscopy use of a flexible endoscope to examine the nasal passages and the pharynx (throat) to diagnose structural abnormalities, such as obstructions, growths, and cancers
examination methods techniques used during physical examination to objectively evaluate the respiratory system
auscultation to listen; a physical examination method of listening to the sounds within the body with the aid of a stethoscope, such as auscultation of the chest for heart and lung sounds
percussion a physical examination method of tapping the body to elicit vibrations and sounds to estimate the size, border, or fluid content of a cavity, such as the chest
lung biopsy (Bx) removal of a small piece of lung tissue for pathologic examination
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lung scan a two-part nuclear (radionuclide) scan of the lungs to detect abnormalities of ventilation (respiration) or perfusion (blood flow) made 1) after radioactive material is injected in the patient's blood, and 2) as the patient breathes radioactive material i
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) nonionizing image of the lung to visualize lung lesions
polysomnography (PSG) recording of various aspects of sleep (i.e., eye and muscle movements, respiration, and brain-wave patterns) for diagnosis of sleep disorders (somn/o = sleep) (see Chapter 8, Figure 8-14)
pulmonary function testing (PFT) direct and indirect measurements of lung volumes and capacities
spirometry direct measurement of lung volume and capacity
tidal volume (TV or VT) amount of air exhaled after a normal inspiration
vital capacity (VC) amount of air exhaled after a maximal inspiration
peak flow (PF) measure of the fastest flow of exhaled air after a maximal inspiration
pulse oximetry noninvasive method of estimating the percentage of oxygen saturation in the blood using an oximeter with a specialized probe attached to the skin at a site of arterial pulsation, commonly the finger; used to monitor hypoxemia
radiology x-ray imaging
chest x-ray (CXR) x-ray imaging of the chest to visualize the lungs; directional terms identify the path of the x-ray beam to produce the radiograph:
computed tomography (CT) CT of the thorax is used to detect lesions in the lung; CT of the head is used to visualize the structures of the nose and sinuses
pulmonary angiography x-ray imaging of the blood vessels of the lungs after the injection of contrast material
Q – Operative terms & A – Meaning
adenoidectomy excision of the adenoids
lobectomy removal of a lobe of a lung
nasal polypectomy removal of a nasal polyp
pneumonectomy removal of an entire lung
thoracentesis puncture for aspiration of the chest (pleural cavity)
thoracoplasty repair of the chest involving fixation of the ribs
thoracoscopy endoscopic examination of the pleural cavity using a thoracoscope
thoracostomy creation of an opening in the chest, usually to insert a tube
thoracotomy incision into the chest
tonsillectomy excision of the palatine tonsils
tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (T&A) excision of the tonsils and adenoids
tracheostomy creation of an opening in the trachea, usually to insert a tube
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