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Intravenous Pyelogram

Intravenous Pyelogram

IVP, or Intravenous (in-truh-veen-us) Pyelogram (pie-uh-lo-gram), is a test that uses contrast dye to outline the kidneys, ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidney to the bladder) and bladder on a X-ray. This is done in the hospital's Radiology Department, and because the dye is administered through a vein, an i.v. will be started. X-rays will be taken at certain times after the dye has been injected. At the end of the test, you may be asked to urinate. Another X-ray will be taken to see if urine has stayed in your bladder. The test usually takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour. The Radiologist will provide your physician with a report detailing the results of your test.

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