1. IVP X-ray
Your doctor has arranged for you to have an X-ray called an intravenous
Why is this X-ray done?
This test outlines your kidneys, ureters and bladder. It shows their shape, size
If you have any allergies, report them immediately to your doctor. A special
preparation will be needed.
How do I get ready?
The Day Before Your X-ray/After Supper
• Take 4 - 5 mg Dulcolax tablets the night before the test.
• You can have clear fluids (such as black tea, apple juice, or gingerale) only
until the time of the test.
The Day of Your X-ray
• Plan to arrive in the X-ray Department 15 minutes before your test.
Remember that parking is limited.
• If you have an afternoon appointment, you may drink water and clear juice
until the time of the exam.
What happens during the test?
• Once in the X-ray room, an image will be taken to see if your bowel is empty.
• The radiologist and technologist will ask you about your recent medical
history. They will be most interested in any problems you may be having.
• You will be given an injection in your arm. It is normal to have a metallic
taste in your mouth, or to feel warm and flushed.
• Twenty seconds after the injection, you will have another X-ray taken.
• Further X-rays will be taken at intervals until the test is finished.
• We try not to keep patients waiting, however it is sometimes unavoidable.
This service is usually very busy, so we ask you to bear with us if there are
• The doctor who asked you to have this test will discuss the results of the test
If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. We are here to help you.
Looking for more health information?
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