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Intravenous Pyelogram

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 31, 2022.

An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an x-ray of your urinary system. 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.

Female Urinary System


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • You have trouble breathing.

Seek care immediately if:

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

Call your doctor or urologist 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.

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 contrast liquid from your body through your urine.

Follow up with your doctor or urologist 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.

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