What Is an Oxygen Oximetry?

How an oxygen oximetry test from your pulmonologist in Loganville, and Conyers, GA, can help you

If you suffer from a chronic lung condition like asthma or COPD, you’ve probably heard about oxygen oximetry. It’s an easy, non-invasive test to determine how much oxygen is in your blood. Your pulmonologist is an expert in the use of oxygen oximetry.

Dr. Jeannot at Walton Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine provides a wide range of pulmonary and sleep medicine services, including oxygen oximetry. He has two convenient office locations in Loganville, and Conyers, GA, to help you.

Oxygen oximetry is a vital way to determine the oxygen saturation of your blood. It’s an effective method to determine how well your blood is carrying oxygen to other body areas, including your extremities.

Oxygen oximetry may be recommended if you suffer from these medical conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung cancer
  • Anemia
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart failure

Oxygen oximetry is also used in sleep studies, especially testing for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that can cause a person to stop breathing intermittently during sleep. It’s important to be able to determine how much your body is being deprived of oxygen when you have sleep apnea.

Other reasons to use oxygen oximetry include:

  • Determining the effectiveness of a lung medication
  • Evaluating whether supplemental oxygen is needed
  • Determining the effectiveness of supplemental oxygen
  • Monitoring oxygen levels during and after surgery which requires sedation

An oxygen oximeter, also known as a pulse oximeter, is a small device which you clip on to either your finger, toe, or earlobe. Oxygen oximetry is helpful in both inpatient and outpatient treatment. If you are given an oximeter for home use, you need to:

  • Remove jewelry or fingernail polish on the finger used for testing
  • Warm up and relax your hand and place your hand below heart level
  • Place the oximeter on your finger, your toe, or your earlobe
  • Keep the oximeter on for as long as you need to for the test
  • Remove the oximeter and store it in a convenient place until the next test

Oxygen oximetry can help ensure your body is getting sufficient oxygen to function normally. To learn more about oxygen oximetry and how it can help you, call Dr. Jeannot at Walton Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine. You can reach him in either the Loganville or Conyers, GA, offices by calling (678) 928-9700, so call today.