The Lung Transplant Evaluation Process

If your lung function is very low (determined by a pulmonary function test) and your primary physician or pulmonologist thinks no other medical or surgical therapy will help you, he or she may refer you for lung transplant evaluation. Your medical records will be sent to us to review.

Lung transplant evaluation is done on an outpatient or inpatient basis, and includes members of our multidisciplinary transplant team. During this visit, you will be interviewed, examined and counseled about what we think is the best plan for your care. This may or may not include full evaluation for lung transplantation. The realities of having and living with a lung transplant will be explained and discussed.

Availability of a caregiver to provide support for you is essential and will be included as part of your evaluation.

The lung transplant evaluation may include the following tests:

• VQ scan (ventilation/perfusion lung scan)
• Chest X-ray (CXR)
• Chest CT (computed tomography)
• Six-minute walk
• EKG (electrocardiogram)
• Abdominal ultrasound
• Bone density scan
• Pulmonary function test (PFT)
• Echocardiogram
• Heart catheterization
• Bloodwork
• Urine collection
• Psychological evaluation