intravenous pyelogram (ivp)
An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an x-ray of the kidneys, ureters and bladder. A special contrast material is injected into the bloodstream so that the urinary tract, which does not show up on regular x-rays, will show up clearly.
Preparing for Your IVP
RadiologistYou'll receive instructions on what to eat and drink before the test. You will probably be asked to refrain from drinking or eating anything after your evening meal on the night before the exam. You may have a small amount of water to take any medications. The actual procedure takes about an hour, but you should allow extra time to check in. You'll be asked to change from your street clothes into a hospital gown.
Let the Technologist Know...
- If you have allergies
- If you take diabetes medication
- If you are pregnant or think you may be
During Your IVP
Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will position you on an x-ray table. The technologist will inject a contrast agent into a vein in your arm. You may be asked to move from side to side or to turn over, and pressure may be applied to your belly. You may also be asked to empty your bladder.
After Your Exam
You may resume your normal diet and activities right away. The contrast will pass naturally through your body within a day. Your doctor should let you know the results of your IVP.