Pulmonary diagnostic and screening tests

Rely on Montage Health for testing services that deliver timely, accurate information about your respiratory health.

Why do I need a test?

Your doctor may recommend one or more:

  • Diagnostic tests – Find the cause of your symptoms or rule out a condition
  • Monitoring tests – Check how well a treatment is working or if your condition has changed
  • Screening tests – Detect a disease before you have symptoms when treatment is often most effective

Testing services

Expect high-quality care before, during, and after your test. We offer:

  • Bronchoscopy – Examines the airways and lungs with a bronchoscope (long, thin tube with a light and camera)
  • Computed tomography (CT) lung scan – Screens for lung cancer using low-dose X-rays
  • High altitude simulation test (HAST) – Finds out if you should use supplemental oxygen when you fly or travel at high altitude
  • Laboratory testing – Examines a sample of blood or other body material
  • Methacholine challenge test – Diagnoses asthma or measures how well it’s under control. This test checks how your airways respond after you breathe in a drug (methacholine) that safely constricts (narrows) them
  • Pulmonary exercise stress test – Measures the amount of air moving in and out of your lungs during exercise
  • Pulmonary function tests – Check how well the lungs work by assessing how much air they can hold and other measurements
  • Six-minute walk test – Measures how far you can walk in six minutes to determine the effect of a respiratory condition on your exercise abilities
  • Sleep study – Monitors your brain and body while you sleep
  • Thoracentesis – Uses a needle to remove air or fluid from the pleural space, the area between the lungs and chest wall, to diagnose or treat pleural effusion
  • Ultrasound scan – Uses sound waves to create images of the inside of the body

Advanced bronchoscopy options

In addition to traditional bronchoscopy, Montage Health offers more sophisticated versions to detect and sometimes treat diseases during the same procedure. Your doctor may perform:

  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) – Uses an ultrasound to guide a bronchoscope and sometimes a biopsy. A biopsy removes a small sample of tissue for testing
  • Navigational bronchoscopy – Creates detailed, 3D images of the lungs, reaching areas a traditional bronchoscopy can’t

Where will my test take place?

Your primary care physician or pulmonologist can conveniently perform certain tests in their office. More advanced tests are available at Montage Health locations nearby, such as an imaging center or laboratory.

How should I prepare for my test?

Your care team will explain how to get ready for your test. You may need to follow specific diet or medication instructions, so your results are clear.

Your test results

Ask your doctor when and how you’ll receive your test results. You and your doctor can use this information to create or adjust your treatment plan so it’s right for you.

How to get care

Ask your doctor for a referral for respiratory care at Montage Health, or call (831) 333-3040 to schedule an appointment with a Montage Medical Group pulmonary doctor. 

Free, 24/7 COVID-19 eVisits

Use an eVisit for fast, free care if you or a loved one age 2 or older have respiratory symptoms that could be caused by influenza (flu), COVID-19, or allergies. You’ll receive a COVID-19 evaluation and referral for testing, if appropriate.

Read eVisit Instructions

Related Locations