INTRAVENOUS PYELOGRAM (IVP)
An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an X-ray examination of the kidneys, ureters and urinary bladder that uses a contrast media that is injected into the veins.
An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.
When a contrast material is injected into a vein in the patient’s arm, it travels through the blood stream and collects in the kidneys and urinary tract, showing up as bright white areas on the x-ray images. An IVP allows the Radiologist to view and assess the anatomy and function of the kidneys, ureters and the bladder.