Donating a kidney is truly giving a gift of life. I want to personally thank you for just looking into what entails getting tested. It's a simple process that is split up into a few different phases.
There is a questionnaire that needs to be filled out and emailed, mailed or faxed to the transplant center. The goal for the questions is to get a sense of who you are and your general health.
A formal physical exam is done to ensure that the donor is in good health to donate.
A simple blood draw is done and is analyzed. The blood type is checked to verify accuracy.
The donor and recipients blood goes through a cross-match analysis. This is to ensure the antibodies in either blood are compatible.
Other standard tests are conducted to rule out any unsuspected medical conditions, diseases, etc.
After a potential match has been identified through the initial screening and blood tests, the donor then may conduct additional detailed diagnostic tests to ensure they are in good health to donate a kidney.
These tests will be determined by the transplant team, and can include: chest x-rays, cta scans of the kidneys, heart tests, and other evals.
I am currently registered at the University of Maryland Medical Center located in Baltimore, MD. To learn more, feel free to call 410-328-5408. Please ask to speak to a living donor coordinator, and they'll be able to answer all of your questions.