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Adult Excretory Urogram (I.V.P., Intravenous Pyelogram)

Patient Information Sheet
Palo Alto Medical Foundation Department of Radiology Palo Alto

For your convenience you may wish to print this page and write in the time and location of your appointment. If you have any questions or concerns about the test please give us a call at (650) 853-2955.

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Department of Radiology Location:

Palo Alto
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 853-2955


An excretory urogram is an x-ray examination of the kidneys, ureters, and bladder.

A substance dissolved in water will be injected into a vein by the radiologist. This is then filtered out of the blood stream by the kidneys, passing through the kidneys into the bladder to be eliminated in the urine.

The substance contains iodine which casts an image on the x-ray film in the same way the calcium in the bones allows them to be seen on the X-ray film.

You will be asked to limit your fluid intake to aid the kidneys in concentrating the substance in the urine. If your know your kidney function is seriously impaired, if you have long-standing diabetes, or if you have multiple myeloma, please contact the radiologist ahead of time. In these conditions we will want to do the examination without restricting fluids.

PREPARATION (ADULT)