Intravenous pyelogram (IVP)

This study evaluates the structure and to some extent the function of the renal tract (kidneys, ureters and bladder).
Specialised x-ray equipment and technique is used called tomography.
Pregnancy must be excluded due to the radiation risk.
Intravenous contrast material is used. A history of allergies is thus important.
The IVP has largely been superseded by CAT scanning which excludes renal stones and also defines other pathology.

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  • Renal stones
  • Obstruction
  • Infection/inflammation
  • Tumours

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