IVP - Urography

Intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an X-ray exam that uses an injection of contrast material to evaluate your kidneys, ureters and bladder.

During IVP, a dye is injected into a vein in your arm while you lie on an exam table. The dye will flow into your kidneys, ureters and bladder, and X-ray pictures will be taken at timed intervals. These images will enable your doctor to clearly see your urinary tract and assess how well it's working. 

The procedure usually takes 30-60 minutes. You will be able to resume your normal activities after the exam is completed.

An IVP may be used to diagnose conditions that affect the urinary tract, such as kidney stones, bladder stones, enlarged prostate, kidney cysts or urinary tract tumors.  It is also used to look for problems with the structure of the urinary tract that were present from birth. An IVP may provide enough information to allow your doctor to treat you with medication and avoid surgery.

Your doctor may decide to combine an IVP exam with an ultrasound or a CT scan if more details about the urinary tract are needed.  

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