Just a couple of things before I go to bed and perhaps to sleep (my time is upside down so I'm often up all night).
My understanding of the MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is that it is more like a magnetic-based sonar than the radiation of X-rays, which depend on radioactive isotopes. So while technically it is radiation, like radio transmission is radiation, repeated MRIs are not a fraction of the danger of repeated X-rays.
Regarding the transplant list, the official organization is "the United Network for Organ Sharing, or UNOS, which sets organ allocation rules under contract with the federal government." Their website is http://www.unos.org/.
In my experience, one is placed on the transplant list when blood test scores are calculated to a MELD score, a statistical score that estimates the chances of a patient surviving the next three months, and when the patient has been pre-screened for other health problems and addiction potential. Donated livers are offered to the patients on the list with the highest MELD scores. The liver is either accepted or passed on down the list, depending on the condition of the liver and blood type. It is a very expensive operation, over $400,000, so the process is very serious.
I have been on the list only a short time and am low in ranking since my MELD score is 13, and 16 is when they get serious (I think MELD scores run from 6 to 40).
You may want to find your local chapter of the American Liver Foundation and visit some support group meetings. Depending on the group, many are well-run and helpful like this forum, with much to share about local resources in your area. That might give you an idea of where to find helpful professionals in your area.
Regarding Lactulose, I have had no side-effects other than the twice daily trip to the head.
I'm sorry that you have to face this without much time to prepare. I've had plenty of time to think about it since I was first diagnosed in 1978 with Hep C, then called 'Non A, Non B Hep'.
Please make sure that you let the forum know how you're doing -- both emotionally and physically. There are many caring, experienced members who will help in any way possible in this trying time. If you need some guidance, let 'Pink Grandma' know, and you can depend on '1Shelly1' for direction on medical resources.
Keep in touch with the forum and keep the faith. There are many success stories from people who initially thought that their world was going dark.
Be well, John (missing Knob Hill)
If I weren't having so much fun with you guys,
I'd love to be out sailing on Long Island Sound
Woodmont on the Sound, Connecticut