to Diagnostic Imaging - Radiology Department.
Please bring your Health Card to your appointment.
Intravenous Pyelogram (I.V.P.) is a test which is performed in the X-Ray Department.
It is an x-ray that takes pictures of the kidneys, the ureters (the tubes that
pass from your kidneys to your bladder), and your bladder.
- If you are diabetic your appointment should be the first one of the day, please inform your technologist.
- Notify the technologist if you are diabetic and taking the medication metformin, as blood test results will need to be checked.
- Notify the technologist if you have any allergies (especially to iodine or seafood) or if you have asthma, hay fever or a heart condition.
- Do not eat or drink anything after 10:00 p.m. the night before the test and until the test is complete.
- You may continue to take any prescribed medication with a small amount of water.
- You will be asked to put on a hospital gown.
- You will be asked to sign a consent form.
- You will be asked to empty your bladder (void) before you start the exam.
- Do not wear jewelry to your appointment.
- Children may not be left unattended in the Waiting Room.
- In the X-Ray Department you will be asked to lie on a special table.
- An x-ray dye will be injected into a vein in your arm.
- After the injection of the contrast agent you may feel warm and flushed, and have a metallic or salty taste in your mouth, or feel nauseated. This will go away after a few minutes.
- If you feel itchy, have difficulty breathing, have a tightness in your chest or have other unusual symptoms, tell the technologist immediately.
- At times you may be asked to hold your breath.
- You may be asked to void before the last x-ray film is taken.
- This test takes about 45 minutes on average. Delayed films may be requested and you will be asked to return to the department.
- Return to your normal diet and activity.
- Drink enough fluids to replace those lost as you were preparing for the test.
- If you develop hives, skin rashes or swelling, notify radiology or go to the emergency department.