Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)

An Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) is an x-ray exam of your urinary tract (kidneys, ureters and bladder). This test can help find stones or other problems with your urinary tract.

Procedure

  • You will be given an intravenous (IV) injection of contrast (a liquid that improves x-ray images).
  • You may be asked to empty your bladder before the final x-ray.
  • The procedure itself takes about one hour.

Preparation

  • Clear liquid diet starting at 12pm the day before exam. No milk/milk products, tea, coffee or sanka.
  • Drink at least one full glass or more of water every two hours beginning at noon.
  • The evening before the examination drink ONE (10oz) bottle of Magnesium Citrate (COLD) at 7pm.
  • DO NOT EAT BEFORE EXAM. SIPS OF WATER ALLOWED UP TO ONE HOUR PRIOR TO EXAM.
  • Blood work is within 3 months. Creatinine blood work may be required.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with a prescription if your doctor has given you one.
  • Your doctor may require a different prep.
  • Patients with diabetes, who are currently taking Glucophage or Metformin, are strongly advised to stop taking these medications for 48 hours following procedures where contrast agents are administered. Patients taking any form of Glucophage or Metformin need to contact their doctor before resuming their medication as additional blood work including Creatinine may be needed.
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