This is a test that uses a series of X-rays to create images of the kidneys, ureters and bladder.
An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is a series of X-rays to create detailed images of the urinary tract. This includes:
During an IVP X-rays are taken before and after a dye is put into a vein in your arm or hand. The dye helps to highlight the organs in the urinary tract so they can be seen better. An IVP can help:
Ultrasounds are imaging tests that do not expose you to radiation and/or contrast dye. Due to the availability of these tests, IVP's are not done as often as in the past.
Here are some things you should know before having an IVP:
The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.
What should I ask my health care provider before having this test?
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