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IVP (Intravenous Pyelogram)

WHAT IS AN IVP (INTRAVENOUS PYELOGRAM)?
An IVP is an x-ray examination of the urinary system. The urinary system consists of the kidneys, ureters and bladder. These structures are difficult to see
on x-rays so a contrast material consisting of iodine is injected into the blood stream to highlight the organs of the urinary system. Please tell your doctor if you have any allergies to iodine.

WHY DID THE DOCTOR ORDER THIS EXAM FOR ME?
Frequent or painful urination, blood in the urine, or pain in the back or sides are common reasons to undergo an IVP.  

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PREPARE FOR THE EXAM?
Your doctor should give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for your IVP. Please inform your doctor if you are allergic to iodine prior to your exam date. Your doctor may have to prescribe an additional medication prior to the exam. You will be asked to eat and drink only clear liquids on the day before your exam and will most likely need to take a laxative on the day and evening before your exam. This is intended to clear your colon so that the structures of your urinary system are easier to identify.  

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN I ARRIVE AT THE HOSPITAL?
You will first need to check in and register at the Radiology Registration desk. To access Radiology Registration from the hospital's main entrance, follow the red line on the floor. At time of registration you will be asked to update your personal and insurance information. Once you are registered, you may be given a pager and asked to sit in a waiting area. A technologist will page you and take you to a changing room where you will get dressed for your exam. You will need to put on a hospital gown and robe. The technologist will then take you to the exam room.

WHO WILL BE IN THE EXAM ROOM WITH ME?
There will be an x-ray technologist performing your exam. If the patient is a child, a parent or guardian may be in the room as well. The technologist may be assisted by a student from the Radiology School.  

WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE DURING THE EXAM?
The technologist will ask you some questions regarding your medical history and the problems that you are experiencing. The technologist will explain the exam to you and make sure all your questions are answered. You will be asked to read and sign a consent form that allows the technologist to start an IV and administer the contrast material. Please let the technologist know of any allergies you may have or if you are diabetic. The exam will begin with 2 preliminary x-rays that helps the technologist locate your kidneys. The technologist will start an IV in your arm and inject the contrast material. Some people experience a warm sensation or a metallic taste in their mouth. These are normal side effects and will go away within a few minutes. Once the injection has been completed, the technologist will begin taking a series of x-rays. You will be asked to move into some different positions for these x-rays. After the initial series of x-rays are completed, the technologist will have a Radiologist review them. At that time, the Radiologist may request additional films. You may be asked to empty your bladder and take another x-ray. After all the x-rays are done, the IV will be removed from your arm.  

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO AFTER THE EXAM?
Following the IVP, you will be able to resume normal eating and drinking and return to normal activities. The contrast material is colorless and will be
excreted from your body in the urine.

WHEN WILL I GET THE RESULTS OF THE EXAM?
The results will be available at your doctor's office within 2-3 days after the exam. Some doctors will schedule an appointment to give you the results. If you do not have an appointment please call your doctor's office for your results. If you have
problems receiving your results, you can call the Radiology Department for assistance.

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