Breathing Institute

Common Asthma, Breathing and Lung Tests at Children's Hospital Colorado

Pediatric Heart Lung Center
(720) 777-5821

Breathing Institute
(720) 777-6181

Asthma Clinic
(720) 777-6181

Aerodigestive Program
(720) 777-6181

Interstitial Lung Disease (chILD) Program
720-777-6181

Mike McMorris Cystic Fibrosis Research and Care Center
(720) 777-6181

Sleep Center
(720) 777-6181

Ventilator Care Program
(720) 777-6181


The Breathing Institute includes state-of-the-art facilities for performing and interpreting lung function tests. 

A breathing test is performed at Children's Hospital Colorado

Providers may use various tests to diagnose breathing problems in children. These tests may also be used in your child's follow-up care to monitor progress and response to therapies.

As a parent, it is important for you to know that our providers, nurses and technicians are specially trained in working with children and explaining these procedures to your child to help him or her feel comfortable and successful during the testing.

Availability of these specialized pediatric tests and specially trained personnel is unmatched in the Rocky Mountain region.

Diagnostic Tests available:

  • Airway imaging
  • Airway secretion testing
  • Chest imaging/x-rays customized for the pediatric patient
  • Exhaled gas testing
  • Fiberoptic bronchoscopy and laryngoscopy
  • Laboratory testing
  • Lung biopsies by one of the most experienced teams in the country
  • Nasal biopsy/brush
  • Nasal potential difference
  • Sweat test
  • Percutaneous needle biopsy of pleura
  • Percutaneous transthoracic needle aspiration
  • Impedence pH monitoring
  • Polysomnography (sleep study)
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Spirometry
  • Skin allergy testing
  • Lung volume
  • Diffusion capacity
  • Exercise provocation testing
  • Infant pulmonary lung function
  • Methacholine challenge testing
  • Thoracocentesis
  • Tracheal aspirate
  • Transbronchial biopsy