A world first: Assessing kidney quality before transplantation using photoacoustic imaging

Demand for kidney transplants is so high that doctors now routinely accept damaged donor kidneys, with limited means to assess their quality. A new, non-invasive, photoacoustic imaging technique allows doctors to ‘see’ kidney scarring quickly and accurately with a simple scan. An upcoming, landmark clinical trial will test the new technique on donor kidney quality. The technology could potentially empower doctors to better match donor kidneys to patient life expectancy for longer-lasting transplantation outcomes.