Organs are distributed based upon patient need, availability and medical criteria. It is illegal to distribute organs based on non-medical information such as wealth, citizenship or celebrity status.

There are a number of tests that will be performed and repeated for anyone who is being considered for an organ transplant. These evaluations will show how healthy you are, and help your transplant team decide if transplantation is right for you. Your transplant team may need you to have some or all (and possibly more) of the following tests to:

  • Blood tests
  • Chest X-ray
  • Imaging scans
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Urinalysis
  • Lung function

Interviews with a transplant social worker, a psychiatrist and a transplant nurse coordinator may also be needed to confirm your eligibility for transplant.

The tests and interviews you will undergo will help your transplant team decide how to increase your chances of a successful kidney transplant.