Your Radiologist Explains Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)
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Hello! I’m Dr. Ramji Rajendran, a radiation oncologist at the Cancer Institute at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. I’d like to talk with you about intravenous pyelogram or IVP.
IVP is an x-ray examination of the kidneys, ureters and urinary bladder that is used to evaluate your urinary system’s functions and assess any abnormalities. It may also be used to diagnose blood in the urine or pain in your side or lower back.
During an IVP exam, iodine-based contrast material is injected into a vein in your arm where it travels through the bloodstream and collects in your kidneys and urinary tract while x-ray images are taken.
If you’re scheduled for an IVP exam, there are several things you can do to prepare.
First, tell your doctor about any recent illnesses or medical conditions, medications you’re taking and whether or not you have any allergies, especially to iodine-based contrast materials. Inform your doctor if there is any possibility you may be pregnant.
You may be asked not to eat or drink anything and to take a mild laxative the evening before the exam. Leave any jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown during the exam.
You may have some concerns about IVP. While an IVP exam does use radiation, the benefit of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs any risk. Plus, an IVP exam may provide enough information to allow your doctor to treat you with medication and avoid invasive surgical procedures.
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