Intravenous Pyelogram

What is Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)?

IVP uses x-rays and an injection fluid (contrast media) to diagnose abnormalities or blockages that may occur in the kidneys, ureter, and/or bladder and to check for normal kidney growth and function.

If you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant, discuss this with your physician before undergoing this procedure.

A contrast solution will be used in your exam, so be sure to let your physician know if you have any allergies. If you are a diabetic, please inform our office at the time your appointment is scheduled.

And lastly, be sure to bring with you a complete list of all medications that you are currently taking.

How should I prepare for the exam?

Before your IVP:

  • Take 3 tablets (5 mg. each) of Dulcolax, OR 10 OZ. OF Citrate of Magnesia, the night before the exam.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after 10:00 pm the night before the exam.

What can I expect during the exam?

After changing into an examining gown and completing a medical history form, the technologist will position you on the examining table where the nurse will inject the contrast solution into a vein in your arm. As the contrast solution filters through your kidneys and into your bladder, the technologist takes x-ray pictures from various angles.

The entire procedure usually takes about 45 to 60 minutes.

What can I expect after the exam?

After the radiologist evaluates the results of your IVP exam, Rochester General Health System will send the information to your referring physician in order for him or her to make a diagnosis and review next steps with you.