Excretion urography (adult)

Leaflet number: 140
Review due date: January 2018

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What is excretion urography (IVP)?

This is an x-ray test to look at the kidneys and bladder. Your doctor will have explained why you need to have this done.

What does it involve?

You will be given an injection of a dye containing iodine in your arm to show up the kidneys and bladder. X-ray pictures are then taken. A band may be tightened around your tummy for about 5 minutes to help get better pictures. This should not be painful. If you have had abdominal surgery within the past 6 months or have a stoma bag, please let us know when you come in for your test.

The test usually takes about half an hour but sometimes takes up to 2-3 hours to complete.

Are there any special preparations needed?

If you have had a lot to drink before the test, the pictures may not be so good.

If your appointment is in the morning, from the midnight before do not

  • Drink more than one pint of fluid
  • Have anything to eat

If your appointment is in the afternoon, from 9am do not

  • Drink more than one pint of fluid
  • Have anything to eat

What about my general health?

If you

  • need regular medication for asthma
  • are allergic to iodine or x-ray dyes

please contact us for advice. Tel: 01271 322741 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

If you have diabetes, which requires treatment by tablet or injection, please phone the Diabetes Nurse for advice. Tel: 01271 322726 9am-11am Monday to Friday.

Are there any side/after effects?

The test should not cause you any problems. Most people feel a sense of warmth or a metallic taste in the mouth during or immediately after the injection. This is normal.

The dye is colourless and is passed out normally in the urine.

Occasionally some people have an allergic reaction to the dye during the test. We have facilities in the department and wards to deal with this, should it occur.

Further information

If you have any further questions or concerns about your Excretion urography, please contact the x-ray department on 01271 322741 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.


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Last updated: October 14, 2019