Living Organ Donation

Evaluation: What to Expect

To be considered, the Transplant Center Staff will need to conduct a psychosocial and medical evaluation. These tests are important to protect the donor and ensure the success of the transplant. Below are the types of tests that will likely be conducted:

  • Psychological and medical evaluation
  • Blood tests
  • Urine testing
  • Chest X-Ray
  • Radiologic testing - CT Scan or MRI
  • Gynecological testing
  • Cancer screening- pap smear, mammogram, colonoscopy over the age of 50

The evaluation process will help the donor understand all aspects of donation and will also highlight the medical and psychological risks.

Consent to become a donor is completely voluntary and there should never be any pressure to become a donor. A potential donor has the right to stop or delay the process at any point.

A transplant center is required to provide an Independent Living Donor Advocate (ILDA) and this ILDA should not be part of the potential transplant recipients medical team. The ILDA will assist a potential donor during the donation process and include:

  • Advocating and promoting the best interests of the donor
  • Assisting in understanding the process and requirements
  • Answering any questions you may have