Intravenous Pyelography

ExitCare ImageIntravenous pyelography (IVP) is an X-ray test. This test checks your kidneys, ureters, and bladder for problems.


  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before your test, or as told by your doctor.

  • Ask your doctor if it is okay to take any medicines you need with a sip of water.

  • Your doctor may ask you to take a medicine that helps you poop (laxative) the night before your test.


This test takes about 1 hour. During the test:

  • You will wear a hospital gown and lie on a table.

  • A tube will be put in your vein (intravenous line, IV).

  • An X-ray dye will be put through the tube and into your vein. The dye helps your doctor see your kidneys, ureters, and bladder better on the X-rays.

  • Your doctor may press on your belly (abdomen) to get better X-ray pictures.

  • You may be asked to pee (urinate) before the last picture is taken.

The test is done when all the needed pictures are taken.


  • You can drive home and go back to your normal activities right away.

  • Ask when your test results will be ready. Make sure you get your test results.