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Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)

An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an x-ray exam of your urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, and bladder). This test can help find stones or other problems with your urinary tract.

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X-rays will be taken to help diagnose your urinary tract problem.

Before Your Test

  • Follow all instructions on what to eat and drink before the test.

  • If instructed, take a laxative the night before your IVP.

For your safety, the technologist needs to know about any of the following:

  • Allergies

  • Previous kidney or bladder problems

  • Diabetes medication you take

  • Any previous surgery

  • If you are or may be pregnant

During Your Test

  • You will be given an intravenous (IV) injection of contrast (a liquid that improves x-ray images).

  • You'll be asked to move from side to side and then hold still as x-rays are taken.

  • Pressure may be applied to your belly to help get the best images.

  • You may be asked to empty your bladder before the final x-ray.

Your Test Results

Your doctor will discuss the test results with you during a follow-up visit or over the phone.


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Publication Source: Radiological Society of North America

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