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)
- 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.