An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an X-ray test that uses a
special dye (contrast material) to outline the structure of the kidneys and the
tubes leading away from the kidneys (ureters). IVP helps a health professional
evaluate symptoms that may be related to the kidneys.
intravenous pyelogram can help reveal problems with:
The structure of the kidneys.
flow through the kidneys.
Urine flow from the kidneys to the
bladder (for example, caused by obstruction from a kidney stone).
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology