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COUNTERPOINT: Should Oscillometry Be Used to Screen for Airway Disease? NoOscillometry Screening for Airway Disease? No

Paul L. Enright, MD
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From the University of Arizona (retired).

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Paul L. Enright, MD, PO Box 675, Mount Lemmon, AZ 85619; e-mail: lungguy@gmail.com


CONFLICT OF INTEREST: P. L. E. has been reimbursed for travel expenses by professional societies during the past 3 years for giving talks at international meetings about pulmonary function testing. These societies were often given funding for these talks by ndd Medical Technologies, Inc, which does not make a forced oscillation technique instrument.

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Chest. 2015;148(5):1135-1137. doi:10.1378/chest.15-1038
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Pulmonary physiologists at the Mayo Clinic used a large loudspeaker to measure respiratory system resistance the year I was born (Fig 1).1 My first research project used a forced oscillator to measure bronchodilation during exercise in children with asthma.2 Joe Rodarte, MD, from whom I learned pulmonary physiology at the Mayo Clinic, said about the technique in 1990 that “one man’s noise is another man’s signal.” After five generations and 65 years of improvements in forced oscillation technique (FOT) instrumentation and software, I remain cautiously optimistic that this test will eventually find clinical value.

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