An intravenous pyelogram allows us to use x-rays to view your urinary system, including your kidneys (which filter blood), the ureter (the tube that takes urine to your bladder from your kidneys) and your bladder (which stores urine until you go to the bathroom). If you have blood in your urine, or are experiencing lower side or back pain, your doctor may order an IVP. During your IVP, we will inject an iodinated dye, which turns your urinary system bright white on the x-ray image. An IVP allows us to diagnose abnormalities in the urinary tract, such as kidney stones, tumors or an enlarged prostate
We’ll take one x-ray before we inject you with the contrast dye and then take another eight or so x-rays.
Preparing for an IVP. We will give you detailed instructions before your IVP. This includes drinking only clear liquids after 8 p.m. and not eating or drinking after midnight the day of your test. We may also ask you to take a laxative to clean your bowels. Clean bowels give us a better view of your urinary tract.