Frequently Ask Questions 


Have a question about our clinical studies or pulmonary function tests?

Below you will find the answers to most frequently asked questions

What is a ‘PFT’? How long does it take?2019-12-07T19:14:27+00:00

‘PFT’ stands for Pulmonary Function Test. Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are non-invasive tests that show how the lungs are working. The tests measure lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange. This information can help your healthcare provider diagnose and decide the treatment of certain lung disorders. Depending on how many tests you are ordered for, it can be anywhere from 15-60 minutes.

What is the nearest TTC stop? How do I find the clinic?2019-12-07T19:13:06+00:00

The closest TTC stop is either Spadina and College or Bathurst and College- we are located directly in between on College street. We are at the corner of Augusta and College- in the Kensington Health building. We are located on the 3rd floor- take a Right off the elevators, we are the very last door on the right= suite 315. There is underground parking in the building or parking on the street. There is a cost associated with both.

How soon will I know my results? Will I know the day of the test?2019-12-07T19:12:38+00:00

Once the test is over, it will be filed for the specialized doctor, called a Respirologist to review and write a report of the result. This report will be sent to the ordering doctor.

What are clinical trials?2019-12-07T19:12:10+00:00

Clinical trials are research investigations in which people volunteer to test new treatments, interventions or tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage various diseases or medical conditions. Some investigations look at how people respond to a new intervention and what side effects might occur.

How do I prepare for my test?2019-12-07T19:11:27+00:00

We recommend no caffeine 2 hours before your test. Also if you are told you are doing a walking test you will need comfortable shoes. Please also bring your OHIP card.

Is performing pulmonary function testing painful?2019-12-07T19:10:38+00:00

No, however, you may experience some shortness of breath, chest discomfort, or light-headedness during some of the tests but you will be monitored closely by experienced staff and the test can be stopped if you are uncomfortable.

Are pulmonary function tests covered by OHIP or my health insurance policy?2019-12-07T19:09:57+00:00

The tests performed are covered by a valid Ontario health card. Some insurance companies cover the costs of the tests which can be reviewed with the companies themselves.

Can I smoke before having pulmonary function tests?2019-12-07T19:09:11+00:00

It is recommended that you do not smoke on the day of testing for reliable and accurate results.

How long do the tests usually take?2019-12-07T19:08:16+00:00

Depending on what type of test the doctor has ordered, the testing usually takes 45mins to 1 hour.

Can I use any walking aid during the six minute walk test?2019-12-07T19:07:01+00:00

Yes, you may use any type of walking aid including canes or walkers. This will keep the test safe and prevent any falls or injuries from taking place.

What changes have COVID -19 caused?2020-07-11T20:53:26+00:00

Our priority is the safety of our staff and patients. In response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) changes are in place at IRL.

We are open by appointment only, for those who are coming in the following measures are in place at our building and office to ensure patient safety.

  • All visitors, patients, staff and tenants that enter the building should adhere to public health measures:  practice physical distancing,

  • wearing a face covering when in the building,

  • Practice regular handwashing and/or hand sanitation; and

  • staying home when ill.

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