Living Kidney Donor Evaluation Process
The donor undergoes a medical history review and a complete physical examination. A psychological evaluation may be used to provide information, emotional support and assess motivation.
All prospective living donors meet with our Living Donor Advocate to discuss the candidate’s decision to become a donor. The Living Donor Advocate provides unbiased, confidential support, discusses your willingness to donate and assesses your understanding of informed consent.
Here’s what you can expect during your evaluation process:
- You will need to provide a copy of your blood type or have blood drawn to confirm blood type ((the Pre-Transplant Office will provide an order for blood draw)
- 24-hour blood pressure monitoring
- Female donors will need to provide a copy of their last Pap test result, breast exam and mammogram report. A Release of Information form is included in this packet. Please sign the form
and forward it to your doctor’s office. If your Pap test or mammogram is more than a year old, you should schedule an appointment for new exams
- Complete a Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) if requested by the Pre-Transplant Office
- Blood collection for comprehensive tests and screening for communicable disease
- 24-hour urine collection
- Chest X-ray and EKG (tests to determine heart and lung health)
- CT angiogram of kidneys (an X-ray test to evaluate the kidneys and blood vessels)
- Meet with a transplant coordinator have a psychosocial evaluation, a psychosocial evaluation, receive surgical and medical evaluations, and complete tests
- Any additional testing as needed
- Final pre-donation laboratory studies (done seven to 10 days before surgery)
IMPORTANT: You won’t be evaluated for living kidney donation until you’ve watched our 30-minute education video: go.osu.edu/KidneyDonorEducation.