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Intravenous Pyelogram


An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an x-ray of your urinary system that uses a dye. The urinary tract includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and the urethra. Ureters carry urine from your kidneys to your bladder. The urethra carries urine out of your bladder when you urinate.


Drink liquids as directed:

Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. Liquids will flush any remaining dye from your body through your urine.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return to go over your IVP results. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever, chills, or feel weak and achy.
  • You have blood in your urine.
  • You have nausea or are vomiting.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have severe pain in your stomach, side, or back.
  • You are urinating less or not at all.
  • You have trouble breathing.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.