If not already in the hospital, you will need to bring all previous doctor records, X-rays, liver biopsy slides, and a record of medications to your pre-evaluation for a liver transplant.

To complement and update previous tests, some or all of the following studies are generally performed during an evaluation.

  • Computed tomography, or CT, which uses X-rays and a computer to create pictures of the liver, showing its size and shape to rule out hepatocellular carcinoma. CTs and chest xrays will also be taken to evaluate your heart and lungs.
  • Doppler ultrasound to determine if the blood vessels to and from the liver are open.
  • Echocardiogram to help check the heart funtion.
  • Pulmonary function studies to determine the lungs’ ability to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide
  • Blood tests to determine blood type, clotting ability, and biochemical status of blood, and to gauge liver function. HIV and other viral testing (Herpes and Epstein-Barr) and hepatitis screening are also included.

If specific problems are identified, additional tests may be ordered.