Plethysmography is used to measure changes in volume in different parts of the body. The test may be done to check for blood clots in the arms and legs. It is also done to measure how much air you can hold in your lungs.
Blood clots in the arms and legs
Limb plethysmography is a test that compares blood pressure in the legs and arms.Read Article Now Book Mark Article
Much air you can hold in your lungs
Lung plethysmography is a test used to measure how much air you can hold in your lungs.Read Article Now Book Mark Article
Penile pulse volume recording is a type of this test. It is done on the penis to check for causes of erectile dysfunction.
An erection problem occurs when a man cannot get or keep an erection that is firm enough for intercourse. You may not be able to get an erection at ...Read Article Now Book Mark Article
Most commonly, this test is performed to check blood flow in the arteries of the legs. This is done in people with conditions like hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Atherosclerosis causes pain during exercise or poor healing of leg wounds.
Atherosclerosis, sometimes called "hardening of the arteries," occurs when fat, cholesterol, and other substances build up in the walls of arteries. ...Read Article Now Book Mark Article
Related tests include:
- Vascular ultrasound
- Ankle brachial indices
Jason Levy, MD, Northside Radiology Associates, Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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