CT Abdomen-Pelvis-IVP Urogram With and Without Contrast
A CT abdomen and pelvis with intravenous pyelogram (IVP) urogram is a type of imaging test that combines two different types of imaging: a CT scan and an IVP urogram. The test is used to evaluate the organs and structures of the abdomen and pelvis, as well as to assess the function of the urinary system.
During the test, a contrast agent is injected into a vein in the arm, which helps to highlight the blood vessels and organs in the abdomen and pelvis. The patient will then lie on a table that moves through a large, doughnut-shaped machine that takes detailed images of the body.
The IVP portion of the test involves the injection of contrast material directly into the bladder. This material is excreted by the kidneys and flows down through the ureters into the bladder, highlighting the urinary tract on the images.
The CT scan and IVP urogram can provide detailed information about the size, shape, and position of the organs in the abdomen and pelvis, as well as any abnormalities, such as tumors or stones. The test can also evaluate the function of the kidneys and urinary tract, helping to identify any problems with the flow of urine.
It's important to note that this is a complex imaging test that requires careful preparation and monitoring by a trained healthcare professional. There may be risks associated with the use of contrast agents, and it's important to discuss any concerns or questions with a healthcare provider before undergoing the test.