Intravenous Pyelogram

Intravenous Pyelogram

What should I know about Fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is a type of x-ray imaging.  It allows physicians to view real-time (movie-like) images of your internal structures.   Because fluoroscopy involves the use of x-rays, ionizing radiation, all fluoroscopic procedures pose some health risks.  If you are pregnant, you should discuss these risks with your physician before having this procedure.

What should I know about Fluoroscopic X-ray Dye?

Fluoroscopy procedures require various types of x-ray dyes depending on the reason for the procedure and what information the physician wants to obtain from the procedure.  The most commonly used x-ray dye is barium sulfate, a white-chalky substance.  Other x-ray dyes used in our fluoroscopy department are water-soluble agents, omnipaque (iohexol) and hypaque (diatrizoic acid).  The technologist will ask you a series of questions before giving you the x-ray dye to reduce the chance of a contrast reaction.  Having a known allergy to x-ray dye will not necessarily prevent you from having the procedure but may require pre-medication so please inform the technologist.

What is a Fluoroscopic IVP?

A fluoroscopic IVP (Intravenous Pyelogram) is a procedure done by one of our radiology physicians and technologists in the x-ray department to evaluate your urinary tract.  X-ray dye will be injected into a vein in your arm or hand.  X-ray images will taken of your kidneys, ureters, and bladder as they fill with x-ray dye.  You can expect this procedure to take approximately 60 minutes.

Parents, if your infant is having this procedure your child will be placed in a positioning device called the "cradle".  This will help the physician obtain the best possible images and keep your child safe during the procedure.

What should I do before the procedure?

This procedure requires a bowel cleansing preparation starting no later than 12 noon on the day before your scheduled procedure.  You will need a bowel preparation kit with diet instructions and laxatives for this cleansing.  If your doctor's office can not provide you with this kit you should:

Come to our Radiology Department at least 48 hours before your scheduled procedure and ask for your free bowel preparation kit.


Purchase a bowel preparation kit at your local pharmacy at least 48 hours before your scheduled procedure.  You will need to ask the Pharmacist for a "Fleet Brand, Bowel Prep Kit #1".

The prep kit you receive should include a packet or bottle of magnesium citrate (or Phospha-soda), 3 or 4 Ducolax tablets (or something similar) and a suppository. If you have any questions as to whether or not you have the right kit, please call the Fluoroscopy Department at (434) 924-9340. If the right prep kit is not used, the procedure may have to be rescheduled.

If you have active colitis with excessive diarrhea (10-12 stools daily), or if you are diabetic or for any reason need more calories than the liquid diet provides, you should consult your physician before taking this bowel preparation.

Additionally, we ask that you arrive 15-20 minutes before your scheduled procedure time to check-in and be registered.  You should come to Radiology Reception on the first floor of the main hospital located at 1215 Lee Street.  You can park in the parking deck directly across from the Main Lobby Entrance and we will validate your ticket or you can take advantage of our valet parking services.

What should I do after the procedure?

You can return to your normal activity after this procedure unless instructed otherwise by our Radiologist.


For any questions or concerns

Contact the Radiology and Medical Imaging department at 434-924-9400.