A spirometer is an instrument that measures how well your lungs are working. To
use one, a person breathes into a mouthpiece. The doctor may ask the person to breathe
normally or to take a deep breath and blow the air quickly out of the lungs, like
blowing up a balloon. A recording device measures the amount of air inhaled or exhaled
and how much time each breath took. These measurements can help the doctor find out
if a person has a lung problem, such as asthma.