Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)


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An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an X-ray test that uses a special dye (contrast material) to outline the structure of the kidneys and the tubes leading away from the kidneys (ureters). IVP helps a health professional evaluate symptoms that may be related to the kidneys.

An intravenous pyelogram can help reveal problems with:

  • The structure of the kidneys.
  • Blood flow through the kidneys.
  • Urine flow from the kidneys to the bladder (for example, caused by obstruction from a kidney stone).

Current as of: May 12, 2017

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Caroline S. Rhoads, MD - Internal Medicine