Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)
A highly-advanced procedure to give your doctor a clear picture of
your urinary tract
An intravenous pyelogram, or IVP, is a diagnostic procedure that uses a contrast agent and x-rays to obtain clear pictures of your urinary tract. As the contrast agent travels through your bloodstream, it passes through your urinary system, including the kidneys, ureters, and bladder, making it possible to take permanent x-ray images of these organs.
Your physician will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedures. In general, you must first drink 1.5 ounces of Fleets Phosphosoda along with one full glass of water. You should then drink six to eight glasses of water over a period of time. Your dinner the night before the procedure can only consist of clear liquids, and you can have nothing to eat or drink after midnight.