How is IVP performed?

An IVP is an imaging test used to look at the kidneys and ureters. The ureters are the narrow tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. During the test, the radiologist injects a contrast dye into one of your veins .

How do you perform an IVP procedure?

X-rays are taken of your urinary tract before any dye is injected. X-ray dye is injected through your IV line. X-ray images are taken at timed intervals as the dye flows through your kidneys to the ureters and into your bladder. Toward the end of the exam, you may be asked to urinate agai

How would you prepare a patient for an IVP?

The doctor may ask you to take mild laxative the night before the IVP and tell you not to eat or drink after midnight . You also may need a blood test to see how your kidneys will react to the contrast dy

How is intravenous Urogram done?

The urinary tract does not show up well on ordinary X-ray pictures. However, with intravenous urography a contrast dye is injected into a vein ('intravenous' injection). The dye travels in your bloodstream, concentrates in your kidneys, and is passed out into your ureters with urine made by your kidney

Why is an IVP performed?

An IVP can show your healthcare provider the size, shape, and structure of your kidneys, ureters, and bladder . You may need this test if your provider suspects that you have: Kidney disease. Ureter or bladder stones.

What is IVP protocol?

CT Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP/Urogram) Protocol

CT Intravenous Pyelogram (CT IVP or CT Urogram) is an exam that uses an injection of contrast material into the veins followed by Computed Tomography imaging to evaluate kidneys, ureters, and bladder .

Is IVP test painful?

Your urine will be tested for abnormalities. While waiting for the IVP to be done, you should be lying down and resting, without any pain or discomfort . In non-emergency cases, typically you would go to the doctor's office with a complaint that suggests a problem with the kidneys, ureters, or bladder.

What can an IVP detect?

An intravenous pyelogram may be used to diagnose disorders that affect the urinary tract, such as kidney stones, bladder stones, enlarged prostate, kidney cysts or urinary tract tumors .

What is the difference between a CT scan and IVP?

A CT scan is a type of x-ray that takes a series of pictures as it rotates around you. CT scans can provide more detailed information than an IVP . But IVP tests can be very helpful in finding kidney stones and certain urinary tract disorders. Also, an IVP test exposes you to less radiation than a CT scan.

What is important after an IVP?

After Your Procedure

It is important for you to drink plenty of fluids after your exam (if you are not on a fluid restriction) to flush the dye through your system. Your doctor will be contacted with the results of your test and will discuss the results with you.