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An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is a test that evaluates problems in the urinary tract. It is done with contrast dye and
An IVP is done to identify:
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:
Pregnant women should not have this test.
Leading up to 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.
You will be able to resume your normal activities and diet. Be sure to follow your doctor's
About 60-90 minutes
No. You may feel a sensation of warmth or heat as the contrast dye travels through your body.
It may take a few days to receive your test results. Your doctor will discuss the results with you, as well as any treatment.
Call your doctor if you have any concerns after the procedure. Call if you have any of the following symptoms:
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
Urology Care Foundation
Kidney Foundation of Canada
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.
Last reviewed July 2013 by Adrienne Carmack, MD; Michael Woods, MD
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