Intravenous Pyelogram

An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an X-ray exam of your urinary tract (kidneys, ureters and bladder). The technologist will start an IV and administer iodine contrast into the vein. The contrast quickly travels to the kidneys and into the bladder. During this process you will have several X-rays taken. There is a small amount of radiation with an IVP but the benefits of this test outweigh the risk. The procedure usually takes 1 to 2 hours.

How Should I Prepare for the Procedure?

The success of an IVP relies a lot on the patient following the prep directions prior to the test. You should receive a prep kit from your doctor sometime before your appointment. Be sure to follow the directions on the kit.

What Are Some Common Reasons for the Procedure?

  • Kidney stones
  • Ureteral dysfunction
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Bladder tumor
  • Hematuria

For Your Safety, Be Sure to Inform the Technologists Of:

  • Any allergies
  • Previous kidney or bladder problems
  • Diabetes medication you take
  • Any previous surgery
  • Pregnancy or possible pregnancy

After Your Test

You are allowed to resume your normal diet and activities right away. The contrast will pass naturally through your body within a few hours. Your physician should let you know the results.