Article Abstract

Pre-hepatic and pre-pancreatic transplant donor evaluation

Authors: Alexis M. Cahalane, Amirkasra Mojtahed, Dushyant V. Sahani, Nahel Elias, Avinash R. Kambadakone


Innovations in surgical techniques coupled with advances in medical and pharmacological management in the past few decades have enabled organ transplantation to become integral to the management of end stage organ failure. In this review article, we will review the role of the radiologist in the work up of liver and pancreas donors during evaluation of their donor candidacy. The critical role of imaging in assessing the parenchymal, biliary and vascular anatomy in liver donor candidates will be reviewed, as well as highlighting the anatomical findings that may pose a contraindication to transplantation. The limited role of imaging in pancreas donor evaluation is also covered, as well as a brief overview of the surgical techniques available and how the radiologist’s findings influence operative technique selection.