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Diagnostic Tests - Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)
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What is the test?

  • The intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an x-ray test that uses a dye to show your urinary organs (the kidneys, ureters, and bladder). The dye is injected through an IV (intravenous) line. Since your body clears away the dye by moving all of it into your urine, the organs that make and hold urine show up very brightly on the x-rays. This test is useful for finding kidney stones, tumors, or blockages in the urinary tract.

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