Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)

This examination will allow a radiologist to evaluate the function of your urinary tract.

What to Expect:
A contrast material (x-ray “dye”) will be injected intravenously into a vein, usually in the arm. The “dye” will then circulate with the blood concentrating in your kidneys, ureters, and bladder so they can be visualized using x-rays.

After the “dye” is injected, a series of x-rays will be taken at timed intervals for a period of 45 minutes to 1 hour. Occasionally more delayed films are required, which may extend the time.

45 minutes to 1 hour. (May take longer if additional delayed films are needed).

Before Scheduling Your Exam: 

  • If you are a woman of childbearing age and there is a chance that you are pregnant, please consult with your physician before scheduling this exam.  
  • If you take insulin, you must consult with your doctor about adjusting your dose. You should not take insulin if you are fasting for your exam. However, you should bring your insulin with you so you can take it after the exam. When making an appointment, tell the scheduler if you are diabetic, and request an appointment time early in the day. 
  • If you have had a previous contrast reaction or know that you are allergic to contrast please contact Radiology Nursing at (989) 839-1523 prior to your procedure, as you may need to be pre-medicated.  If you are not pre-medicated your exam could be cancelled.


  • No bowel prep will be required unless there is a history of severe constipation.
  • Children (ages 1 to 12) may drink clear liquids up to four (4) hours prior to the examination.
  • Adults - If your IVP is scheduled in the morning, do not have anything to eat or drink (NPO) after midnight the night before the test. If your IVP is scheduled in the afternoon, you may have a full liquid breakfast.  Please do not drink caffeinated beverages prior to the IVP, due to its diuretic effect.
  • You may take medications with a small amount of water or other liquid. However, do not take any medications for diabetes while fasting for your exam. Bring them with you to the exam.

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