# What is a normal spirometry reading?

## What is a normal spirometry reading?

Interpretations of spirometry results require comparison between an individual’s measured value and the reference value. If the FVC and the FEV1 are within 80% of the reference value, the results are considered normal. The normal value for the FEV1/FVC ratio is 70% (and 65% in persons older than age 65).

### What is normal reading on spirometer?

FEV1 measurement

Percentage of predicted FEV1 value Result
80% or greater normal
70%–79% mildly abnormal
60%–69% moderately abnormal
50%–59% moderate to severely abnormal

#### How is spirometry measured?

Spirometry measures airflow. By measuring how much air you exhale, and how quickly you exhale, spirometry can evaluate a broad range of lung diseases. In a spirometry test, while you are sitting, you breathe into a mouthpiece that is connected to an instrument called a spirometer.

What does a spirometer look like?

It has a mouthpiece that looks like a vacuum tube. When you inhale with it, the suction will move a disc or a piston up inside a clear cylinder. The deeper you breathe, the higher the piston rises. Most spirometers have numbers on the cylinder to show how much air you take in.

What is the most important graph in spirometry?

The flow-volume loop is the most important graph in spirometry. A Flow-Volume loop begins at the intersection of the X-axis (volume) and Y-axis (flow): at the start of the test both flow and volume are equal to zero. Directly after this starting point the curve rapidly mounts to a peak: Peak (Expiratory) Flow.

## How do you graph spirometry test?

Another way of representing the spirometry test is through the volume-time graph. The start is at coordinates 0-0 (at time 0, flow is 0). Since most air is expired at the beginning, when the patient empties his large airways, the graph rapidly rises.

### How is the spirometry test used to measure volume time?

Another way of representing the spirometry test is through the volume-time graph. The start is at coordinates 0-0 (at time 0, flow is 0). Since most air is expired at the beginning, when the patient empties his large airways, the graph rapidly rises. About 80% of total volume is expired in the first second.

#### What are spirograms in spirometry?

Spirometric data are viewed as graphs called spirograms. Measurements of exhaled volume (in liters), time (in seconds), and airflow rates (in liters per sec) are determined and displayed on the spirograms. There are two types of spirograms that will be used in the NHANES spirometry component:

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