The Infant/Preschool Testing Laboratory at this facility performs infant pulmonary function testing using the raised volume technique. This is the only lab of its type in Indiana and the only laboratory in the world capable of measuring diffusion capacity in infants. Preschool pulmonary function testing includes forced oscillometry and measurement of the lung clearance index using multiple breath washout.
The center’s metabolic and exercise testing laboratory is available to physicians throughout Indiana to help evaluate the cause of a child’s breathing problems. Flexible bronchoscopy services are also available to evaluate for possible abnormalities of the upper and lower airways and to obtain lavage fluid for testing of possible infection (bronchoalveolar lavag). Bronchoscopies are performed in the Riley Outpatient Center (ROC) Surgery or throughout the Riley inpatient procedure centers.
The pediatric bronchoscopy team coordinates procedures with families, referring providers, anesthesiologists and sedation teams so as to provide the greatest comfort and care for patients. Faculty and trainees perform a high volume of procedures, and bronchoscopies are often done during other procedures in order to minimize general anesthesia for the patient.