What is an IVP?
Images of your kidneys.
Why is an IVP done?
This test is done to visualize the working process of your urinary
Who will do the procedure?
The test will be done by an x-ray technologist.
How is the procedure done?
Images are taken of your abdomen. An I.V. is necessary for the contrast
needed to highlight your urinary system.
How long does the procedure take?
The average length of time is about 1 hour.
When will I know the results?
A radiologist will evaluate the test and send a report to your doctor.
It may take several days to receive this report from your doctor.
Are there any complications or side effects?
As in any procedure, there is always a chance of a complication
occurring: primarily a reaction to the contrast. Please state all known
allergies to technologist before exam. Most patients do not have any
PREPARATION FOR IVP:
Two Days Before - eat or drink only clear liquids. Example:
jell-o, tea, apple juice, and broth.
NO milk or milk products are allowed. Only liquids or foods you
can see thru without any food particles.
1 Day Before - at 2 p.m. drink the entire amount of the liquid
laxative (Mag Citrate) that your physician has prescribed.
1 Day Before - at 6 p.m. take the Dulcolax tablets (per your
doctor's instructions) with one full glass or more of water.
DO NOT CRUSH OR CHEW
SWALLOW THEM WHOLE.
Do not take within one hour of an antacid.
Before your exam you will be asked to remove your clothing (except
socks) and put on a hospital gown.