Children's Hospital Colorado

Common Asthma, Breathing and Lung Tests

Our experts treat respiratory and sleep disorders from the common to the complex, helping children and families breathe easier.

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

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.

A boy gets tested for a breathing condition at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Diagnostic tests available:

  • Airway imaging
  • Airway secretion testing
  • Bronchoscopy
  • 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
  • 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

Download the Patient Informed Consent for Bronchoscopy in English. 

Download the Patient Informed Consent for Bronchoscopy in Spanish.

Contact us

Pediatric Heart Lung Center
Phone: 720-777-5821

Breathing Institute
Phone: 720-777-6181

Asthma Clinic
Phone: 720-777-6181

Aerodigestive Program 
Phone: 720-777-6181

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

Mike McMorris Cystic Fibrosis Research and Care Center
Phone: 720-777-6181

Sleep Center
Phone: 720-777-6181

Ventilator Care Program
Phone: 720-777-6181