IVP

What is going to happen?
 
You will be asked to lie on your back on the x-ray table. A needle will be placed in the forearm for contrast injection. A control x-ray will be taken to look for calcifications. The contrast will be injected and x-rays taken at intervals. At the end you will be asked to empty your bladder and another x-ray will be taken standing up.
 
Is it going to be painful?
 
The needle placement is slightly uncomfortable. The injection of contrast may result in a metallic taste in the mouth and a hot feeling in the body. This is normal and quickly disappears.
 
Do I need yo make a booking?
 
You will need to arrange the study with the radiology department as blood tests may need to be ordered prior to the IVP. Special medication will also be given if you have an history of iodine allergy.

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