Intravenous Pyelogram Benefits

  • Imaging of the urinary tract with IVP is a minimally invasive procedure.
  • IVP images provide valuable, detailed information to assist doctors in diagnosing and treating urinary tract conditions from kidney stones to cancer.
  • An IVP can often provide enough information about kidney stones and obstructions to direct treatment with medication and avoid more invasive surgical procedures.
  • No radiation remains in a patient's body after an X-ray.
  • X-rays usually have no side effects.

Intravenous Pyelogram Risks

  • There is always a slight chance of cancer from excessive exposure to radiation. However, the benefit of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs the risk.
  • The effective radiation dose from this procedure is about 3 mSv, which is about the same as the average person receives from background radiation in one year. See the Safety page for more information about radiation dose.
  • Contrast materials used in IVP studies can cause adverse allergic reactions in some people, sometimes requiring medical treatment.
  • Women should always inform their physician or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

Minimizing Radiation Exposure

Special care is taken to use the lowest radiation dose possible while producing the best X-ray images. At Sky Ridge, we follow national and international radiology protection council standards.

Modern-day X-ray machines have tightly controlled X-ray beams that filter the beams and control the dose of radiation. This ensures that parts of a patient's body not being imaged receive minimal radiation exposure.