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Diagnostic Tests - Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)
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What risks are there from the test?

  • The dye used in the test can affect your kidneys, and sometimes they do not work as well after exposure to this dye. This effect is almost always temporary, but some people can have permanent damage. There is also a small chance of having an allergic reaction to the x-ray dye used in the test.

    As with all x-rays, there is a small exposure to radiation. In large amounts, exposure to radiation can cause cancers or (in pregnant women) birth defects. The amount of radiation from x-ray tests is very small-too small to be likely to cause any harm. X-rays such as this kind in the pelvis area should be avoided in pregnant women, because the developing fetus is more sensitive to the risks from radiation.

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