What is an IVP?
An IVP (or Intravenous Pyelogram) is an x-ray examination of your kidneys, ureters, and bladder.
Why do I need an IVP?
You may need an IVP if you are having pain in your back, abdomen or pelvis, or if you have blood in your urine.
How do I prepare for my IVP?
If you are allergic to iodine, or are diabetic and taking Glucophage, please notify your physician or let the technologist know. You will need to take a bowel prep kit the day before your test is scheduled. Carefully follow the instructions on the package. Once the bowel prep is taken, you should not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your test.
What can I expect during the test?
Following careful screening concerning your medical history and allergies, you will be given an injection of contrast material into a vein in your arm or hand. This contrast material shows up on x-ray after it reaches the kidneys. As the contrast travels through the urinary system, different structures are seen. Although sometimes called a “dye,” this contrast material does not color your urine. If you feel shortness of breath, pain, or discomfort during the test, please notify your technologist.
What do I do after my IVP?
There are no special instructions. You may resume your routine diet and medications. Your doctor will discuss the test results with you.