X-rays are taken using ionizing electromagnetic radiation that penetrates the body, impinges on a solid metallic background and results in images that are captured on film.
What to Expect During an X-ray
The area of study will be positioned against a metallic table or wall. You will be asked to hold your breath while the X-ray is taken because movement will create a blurry image.
Patient Preparation for an X-ray:
No patient preparation is needed for this exam. Pregnant women should avoid exposure to X-rays due to the risk of harm to their unborn child.
Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)
An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) obtains X-ray images of the urinary tract system (kidneys, ureters and bladder) following the injection of a contrast material that enhances the images.
What to Expect During an IVP
Prior to the exam, an intravenous (IV) tube will be placed into a vein in your arm. After preliminary films are taken, the contrast material is injected into the IV. The remaining images are then taken. An IVP takes approximately one hour to complete.
Patient Preparations for an IVP
No patient preparations are needed for this exam.