Imaging Center

Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)

Purpose: An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an x-ray examination of the urinary system, which includes the kidneys, ureters and bladder. You will be injected with a contrast material that allows for improved visualization of anatomy.

Preparation: The Imaging Services Department will provide you with an Evac-Q-Kwik preparation which includes step by step instructions. You must not have anything to eat, drink, smoke or chew after midnight the evening before your exam. A creatinine level and GFR will be drawn by the lab and the results given to the technologist prior to your exam. An ARRT Registered Radiologic Technologist will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. If you think you are pregnant, please inform the technologist before your exam.

When an IVP is ordered for pediatric patients, age appropriate preparation instructions will be given by the Imaging Services Department.

What to Expect: After changing into a hospital gown, you will be taken into the x-ray room. An IV will be started and the contrast material will be injected into the IV. The technologist will take several images at timed intervals. Once the contrast material has reached your bladder, you will be asked to step into the bathroom and empty your bladder. When you have finished, a final image will be taken.

Post Exam Information: Your images will be reviewed by a Radiologist and the results of your exam will be forwarded to your physician. Your physician will be able to discuss the results of your exam with you.

Time Frame: Approximately 1 hour

Contact for additional information: Rusk County Memorial Hospital Imaging Services Department at 715-532-5561 extension 244.