An intravenous pyelogram, or IVP, is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses x-ray technology to diagnose and treat a wide variety of medical conditions. When would you need an IVP, and how is it performed? Learn more about the uses of and steps involved in an intravenous pyelogram, and schedule an appointment with your doctor if you have additional questions or concerns.
Uses and Indications
IVP procedures are performed to examine the bladder, uterus, and kidneys. Your doctor or radiologist may recommend an intravenous pyelogram if you are suffering from pain in your side or lower back, or if you have an enlarged prostate or blood in your urine. IVP procedures can also be performed to detect or track problems of the urinary tract, including kidney stones, congenital anomalies, and tumors or masses.
All individuals preparing for an IVP procedure are instructed not to eat or drink after midnight the night before the exam, and may be provided with a mild laxative. It is important to inform your physician of all allergies and current medications you are taking to ensure you don’t have an adverse reaction to the iodinated contrast materials used during the procedure.
During the procedure itself, you will lie on a table while digital x-ray beams are targeted at the affected organ. Iodine-based contrast material is then injected through a vein in the arm. This contrast dye collects in the kidneys, bladder, or uterus, making problems within those organs easier to see. These x-ray beams are then recorded by a digital detector, which creates a computerized, three-dimensional image of the structure being examined.
IVP procedures present a number of benefits. In addition to aiding in the diagnosis of many urinary tract conditions, intravenous pyelograms can also be used to detect early signs of cancer and then track the progress of treatment. Additionally, IVP procedures do not allow radiation to remain in the patient’s body following the exam, and rarely have negative side effects.
To learn more about IVP and other health screening tests, contact SWDIC today. Providing the highest standards of service and a patient-centered approach, Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center is a Dallas leader in diagnostic imaging and health screening. Visit us online to find a location near you, or call us today at (888) 530-1053.