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Intravenous Pyelogram

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by Carmack A

(IVP; Excretory Urography; Intravenous Urography [IVU])

 

Reasons for Test

An IVP is done to identify:
 

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have an IVP, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
  • Allergy to the iodine contrast dye
  • Blood disorders
  • Poor kidney function
  • Certain medicines
Pregnant women should not have this test.
 

What to Expect

Prior to test

Leading up to the test:

Description of the Test

An IV will be inserted. This will provide the contrast dye and any medicine that you will need. For the next 30-60 minutes, you will lie on a table while x-rays are taken at regular intervals. You may be asked to hold your breath each time an x-ray is taken. The dye will highlight your urinary system on the x-ray. This will allow your doctor to see these body parts at work and detect problems. Before the last x-ray, you will empty your bladder in a bathroom.

After Test

You will be able to resume your normal activities and diet. Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions .

How Long Will It Take?

About 60-90 minutes

Will It Hurt?

No. You may feel a sensation of warmth or heat as the contrast dye travels through your body.

Results

It may take a few days to receive your test results. Your doctor will discuss the results with you, as well as any treatment.
 

RESOURCES

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov

Urology Care Foundation
http://www.urologyhealth.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

Kidney Foundation of Canada
http://www.kidney.ca

 

References


Guide to diagnostic tests. Harvard Health Publications website. Available at: http://www.health.harvard.edu/diagnostic-tests/intravenous-pyelogram.htm. Accessed July 12, 2013.


Intravenous pyelogram. Radiology Info website. Available at: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=ivp. Updated April 19, 2013. Accessed July 12, 2013.

 

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