An intravenous pyelogram or IVP is performed to examine the kidneys, ureters and bladder.
An intravenous contrast material is injected, and its progress through the urinary tract is recorded on a series of captured images. An IVP enables the radiologist to study the anatomy and function of the kidneys and urinary tract. If you are allergic to intravenous contrast, tell the CT technologist prior to the CT scan.
What to expect:
You will lie on an examination table, and the contrast material will be injected, usually in a vein in your arm. After the injection, you may experience a flush of heat and a metallic taste in your mouth. These common side effects usually disappear within a few minutes and are no cause for concern. During the imaging process, you may be asked to turn from side to side and to hold several different positions. Near the end of the exam, you will be asked to empty your bladder so an additional film can be taken of your bladder after it empties