Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)

Intravenous Pyelogram at Methodist Health System

What is it?

Intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an X-ray examination of the kidneys, ureters, and urinary bladder that provides information about the structure and function of the urinary tract. The test uses a contrast substance that passes through the urinary tract and makes these organs show more clearly on X-rays.

A person having an IVP exam lies on a large, flat table. The X-ray tube is on the end of a large, jointed “arm” above the table, so the X-ray machine can be positioned precisely. The contrast solution is injected with a needle, and a series of X-ray pictures are taken. The test usually takes about an hour.

Who needs it?

An IVP study can be used to find the cause of a wide variety of disorders, including frequent urination, blood in the urine, or pain in the side or lower back (the location of the kidneys). IVP can reveal kidney stones; an enlarged prostate; internal injuries after an accident or trauma; tumors in the kidney, ureters, or urinary bladder; and other problems in the urinary tract.

IVP studies are performed by the order of a physician.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System, or any of its affiliated hospitals.