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Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP /
OSF Saint Francis Outpatient Facility Diagnostic Radiology_____________________________________________________
Welcome:We would like to welcome you to an OSF Saint Francis OutpatientFacility Diagnostic Radiology Department.
You have been scheduled to have an Intravenous Pyelogram or aNephrotomogram. This is a diagnostic test using a form of x-ray.
This test is also called a Nephro or an I.V.P.
The information contained in this pamphlet will help youunderstand the test that has been scheduled.
When to come:Please arrive at the facility 15 minutes before the time of yourscheduled test or 30 minutes if lab work is also needed.
What to Bring with You:You may have had x-rays done at a hospital other than an OSFSaint Francis facility. Please bring copies of the films with you theday of the test. You may also request that the doctor’s office sendthe films or results to us at the hospital before your test.
Prep:Your doctor has requested a test, which requires your largeintestine (colon) to be as empty as possible. Therefore, be sure to
follow all instructions. Use the LO-SO E-Z-Em Bowel Prep Kit.
Instructions are included with the kit.
Jewelry:Please remove all jewelry from your belly before the test.
PREGANCY TESTING POLICYIt is the policy of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center to conductpregnancy tests on female patients having a CT, MRI, NuclearMedicine, PET, Angiography, or X-ray exams of the abdomenarea. This policy is to avoid potential harm to an unborn baby as aresult of the radiation or medications given during the exam.
A pregnancy test is required prior to the procedures listed aboveand should be ordered by your physician if you are a female:
• Between the ages of 12 and 50 and have not had a
• Less than 12 years old and are having menstrual periods.
• Over age 50 and having menstrual periods.
The pregnancy test must be done within three days prior to yourexam at any OSF Saint Francis facility. Home pregnancy tests arenot acceptable.
If you have your pregnancy test done the day of the procedure:
• Arrive 30 minutes earlier if your are scheduled at any OSF
• Arrive 60 minutes earlier if you are scheduled at Saint
Francis Medical Center main campus hospital.
If you know that you are pregnant please notify your physician.
Medications:If you are taking glucophage, glucovance, avandamet, metaglip,and metformin you must stop taking these medications for 48
hours after the exam. You should have a creatine level drawn 48hours after the test. Follow up with your ordering doctor is neededto start taking glucophage or glucovance. You may take all othermedication as prescribed.
You may receive contrast as part of the test. Contrast is
something given to let a part of the body be seen on X-ray. If you
have any known allergies to iodine or X-ray contrast, please
contact your ordering doctor. You may need to take special
medications before having this test.
You may be asked to wear a hospital gown
during the test. A registered x-ray technologist will be doing your
test under direct supervision of a Radiologist. Your test will take
about 60 minutes. You will lie on the x-ray table for the entire test.
A registered nurse or registered technologist will look at your armsfor a vein. The area will be cleaned and a venous catheter will beplaced into your vein. Contrast material will be injected thru thecatheter by a registered nurse or a registered technologist. Contrastallows your urinary tract, including the kidneys and bladder to beseen on x-ray.
After injection of the contrast material, your may feel a warm flushover your body, a metal taste in your mouth, or feel like you mayhave wet your pants. These feelings go away very quickly. If youhave any sneezing, itching, or tightness of your throat or chest,these are signs you may be having an allergic reaction to thecontrast. If any of these things happen, please let the technologistknow as soon as possible. After your injection, x-rays will be takenat certain times by the technologist under the direct supervision ofthe Radiologist.
Test Results:Your test will be read by a Radiologist (doctor specializing inmedical imaging). The radiologist will give a report that will betyped and sent to your doctor.
You can make plans with your ordering doctor on how to receivethe test results (such as follow-up doctor appointment, calling thedoctor’s office, etc.).
After Test Instructions:You should drink extra fluids for 1 to 2 days after your test.
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