Article Abstract

Vascular imaging in renal donors

Authors: Ayaz Aghayev, Sumit Gupta, Borna E. Dabiri, Michael L. Steigner


Imaging plays a crucial role in pre-transplant evaluation to enhance the probability of a successful outcome. Its aim is to define kidney and vascular anatomy and to assess potential pathologies. Each modality has advantages and disadvantages. Computed tomography angiography (CTA) is the most commonly used imaging modality, however, magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) can be used in selected cases. The purpose of this review article is to provide an overview of available imaging modalities, their benefits, risks, advantages, and disadvantages. Imaging findings that indicate particular anomalies and pathologies that may affect living renal donor selection will be discussed.