Respiratory Physiology


A Respiratory Physiologist uses specialist equipment to measure the size and efficiency of a patient’s respiratory system.  This can involve exercise testing, breathing tests, measuring the effect of medications to the airways, oxygen assessments, allergy tests, and sleep studies. These tests provide essential information which is used alongside x-rays, blood tests, chest auscultation and a history of symptoms to allow a Respiratory Consultant to make a diagnosis.

A Respiratory Physiologist will also treat a range of sleep disorders using non-invasive ventilation, this can be required for conditions such as obstructive sleep apnoea, obesity hypoventilation or diaphragm weakness.  Patients requiring ventilation are then followed up by a physiologist to monitor effectiveness and compliance with therapy.

To apply for a career in Physiology you will need to have studied science at A Level and have good communication skills to help guide the patient through the tests and treatments.

 If you are interested in work experience in Respiratory Physiology apply following the guidance on this page


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Page reviewed: 19/11/2015