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How does pulse oximetry help diagonse idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)?

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Your doctor clips a small sensor to the tip of your finger or ear. It sends a painless beam of light through your skin to check the oxygen level in your arteries.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library.

Lab Tests Online (American Association for Clinical Chemistry).

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library.

Lab Tests Online (American Association for Clinical Chemistry).

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

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