What tests should I expect to have done during my evaluation?

  • Abdominal Ultrasound - Examines the kidneys, liver, and gallbladder for the presence of cysts, stones, or other abnormalities.
  • Blood tests - Blood test help assess your overall physical condition.
  • Cardiac tests - These tests will assess your heart function and will include an echocardiogram, electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG), cardiac catherization, and a stress test.
  • Chest X-ray and CT scan of the chest- These tests assesses the size of your heart and any lung abnormalities.
  • Colonoscopy - A procedure to screen for colon cancer on anyone over age 50
  • Gynecological Exams - All women will need a gynecological exam within the last year
  • Mammogram - This test is required for all women over the age of 40.
  • Physical Exam - This gives the doctor an overall picture of your condition.
  • Pulmonary function study - This test will identify any lung problems that need to be addressed prior to transplant.
  • TB Skin testing- A small amount of solution is injected under the skin on your forearm to determine if you have been exposed to tuberculosis. Everyone is different, therefore, every evaluation will be tailored to each individual.
  • Interview with the financial counselor, dietician and social worker – This is to identify potential post transplant problems to develop a plan of action prior to the transplant