Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP):

A contrast material is used in an IVP to assess passing of any blood in the urine. This process is used to assess kidney and bladder as well as any unexplained pain in the lower back.

 

Why have I been asked to get an IVP done?

An IVP is performed:
  • Determine the reason for any blood in the passing of urine
  • Check for kidney stones or cancer.
  • Determine any problems regarding enlarged prostate
  • Look for  cancer
  • Examine any  scarring due to urinary tract infection

 

Names of Previous reports/scans required?

  • Your entire current medical file and prescription set to be aware of your medical conditions and any sort of allergies.
  • Serum Creatinine reports(not older than 4 weeks) are required to check for the health of your kidneys in case we need to use contrast media to get better images during the scan. The values help us decide on the type of contrast media to be used.

 

How long is the procedure for?

  • Total time – 1 hr 
  • Test time- 10-15 mins

 

Can I walk in for an IVP without prior appointment?

  •  Yes  (Confirm by calling on 8869906990 before arriving at the centre)

 

 History of allergy?

N/A

 

How can I prepare for an IVP?

  • When you schedule your x-ray, you will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare. For example, you may be told not to eat (including chewing gum) or drink  anything beginning at midnight,  the night before your scan.
  •  You are encouraged to drink only clear liquids a day before your scan and avoid milk products.
  • Take medication only with sips of water and limit your clear water intake a day before your  scan
  • You will be instructed to take laxatives or enema the night before the X-ray to clear your bowels.
  • Women should tell their doctors if there is any chance they may be pregnant.Wear comfortable clothing and avoid jewellery or any other metal on the body.
  • It is recommended to empty your bladder before the test
  • Inform if you have an intrauterine device (IUD) inserted for pregnancy prevention.

 

How is an IVP done?

  • You will lie on a padded table and contrast material is injected to get a clear picture
  • Then a series of images are generated. It’s important that you  stay very still and hold your  breath for a few seconds during the time which the image is obtained.
  •  X-ray will be taken from various positions so you may also be asked to be in different positions for different angles

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