Intravenous urogram (IVU/IVP)

This test is also called an intravenous pyelogram. It is an x-ray of the urinary system using a special dye.

What is an intravenous urogram (IVU/IVP)?

An IVU or IVP is an x-ray using a special dye. The dye helps the urinary system show more clearly than a normal x-ray.

Having an intravenous urogram (IVU/IVP)

This test is done in the hospital x-ray department and takes about 1 hour. 

The dye is injected into a vein, usually in the arm. It flows through your bloodstream to the kidneys. The doctor can watch the flow of the dye on an x-ray screen and see any abnormalities in the kidneys, bladder and the rest of the urinary system.

The dye may make you feel hot and flushed for a few minutes, but this feeling will go away. You may feel some discomfort in the tummy (abdomen), but this will only be for a short time. You should be able to go home as soon as the test is over.