What is an IVP?

An IVP is an intravenous pyelogram, also referred to as an intravenous urogram. 

It is a radiographic study of the kidneys, ureters and bladder with the use of a contrast media (X-ray dye). 

How do I prepare for the exam?

Day before exam:

  • Low residue diet
  • At 4:00 pm administer 2 - 5mg Dulcolax tablets
  • After midnight, patient may have only CLEAR liquids

Day of exam:

  • No clear liquids within 4 hours of exam.
  • 7:00 am - Insert 1 Dulcolax suppository

What will happen during the exam?

You will be asked to remove your shirt and pants and change into a hospital gown. A radiographer will obtain a brief medical history that pertains to the exam and also ask you to fill out and sign consent for the procedure and contrast media questionnaire. The radiographer will obtain initial images of your abdomen and review them with a radiologist.

A radiographer or nurse will then insert an IV into your arm or hand, and inject the contrast media. You may feel a hot flash or brief nausea at this time, but this should subside after a couple of minutes. A series of X-rays of your kidneys, abdomen and bladder will be obtained at various points in time after the contrast injection. Once the contrast has been filtered by your kidneys and fills your bladder, you will be asked to void (empty your bladder). A final radiographic may be taken after you void.

How long will the procedure take?

The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes. Sometimes radiologists will ask for delayed images and the exam can take longer.

How will I get the results back?

You will get the results of your exam from your doctor.

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