IVP (Kidney and Bladder)
How do I prepare?
What will the exam be like?
You will be instructed to change into a gown. This is to remove all metal from the area of interest. This also will protect your clothes from getting stained. The technologist will greet you and ask a few questions about your identity and the reason you are being tested. If you are allergic to iodine, please let your technologist know at this time. The technologist will have you lie on your back on the x-ray table. They will take two pictures to locate your kidneys and bladder on the images. Next, the technologist will start a small IV and inject iodinated contrast into the veins. You may get a warm, flushed feeling or a funny taste in your mouth, but that goes away within minutes. The technologist will start taking pictures every 5 minutes to watch the flow of contrast from your kidneys into your bladder. Once the contrast fills your bladder, you will be asked to go to the bathroom and urinate through a strainer. The strainer is just in case you should pass a kidney stone. Next the technologist will take one more image to show that your kidneys and bladder have emptied. This test, routinely, takes about 40 minutes but may continue as long as a couple of hours. Once your exams are read by our radiologists, it usually takes two to three business days for your doctor to get a copy of your report.
What do I do after the exam?
Unless you are on a fluid restricted diet, drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day for the next two days. Watch around your IV site for redness or swelling. Keep it covered until you get home. Also watch for allergy type symptoms. Should they occur, please contact your doctor or call us at 356-8117.If you take some form of metformin for diabetes, please do not take it for the next two days and call your doctor before you start taking it again.