IVP Test in India / IVP Test Cost In India
What is an Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)?
Although X-Rays have been best known to evaluate broken bones, they can be extremely useful in examining different parts of the body like kidneys as well.
The IVP full form is Intravenous Pyelogram. It is an X-Ray test which examines one’s kidneys and urinary tract. It requires a contrast liquid or dye to be injected into the veins to evaluate the kidneys, ureters and bladder. This is done because, on an ordinary X-Ray, kidneys don’t show up very well. It is possible to see the shape of each kidney, but, a detailed analysis of the internal structure and information on how well they’re working is only possible through an IVP.
IVP is also known as Intravenous Urogram (IVU). An IVP nowadays is referred by many as an IVU. We must know what the terms mean. Intravenous is injecting something into the veins. Pyelogram, on the other hand, refers to the images of the internal structure of the kidneys and the tubes which start from the kidney to the bladder and the ureters. The name now has changed to Urogram because of the advancement of technology which now helps get better details of the entire kidney. Therefore, in today’s time, both names and abbreviations are used by doctors and technicians.
This guide aims to provide detailed information a patient may want to know before, during and after an IVP examination. It contains the following sections
- When is an IVP Performed?
- The IVP Test Procedure
- Preparation For An IVP
- Benefits & Risks Of An IVP
- Interpretation Of The IVP Result
- IVP Test Cost in India
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When is an IVP Performed?
Your doctor may ask you to get an IVP done in case you are suffering Urinary Tract Infections or if you have signs of kidney problem. These might include pain in your side and back or traces of blood in your urine. An IVP can help diagnose the following:
- Bladder & Kidney Infections
- Stones in the Kidney and Bladder
- Enlarged Prostate
- Abdominal Injuries
- Urinary Tract Blockages
The IVP Test Procedure
Before being taken to the X-Ray room, you will be asked by your doctor or technician to empty your bladder. You will then be asked to lie on the X-Ray table for examination.
First, an ordinary X-Ray of your abdomen will be performed. This is done specifically to look for stones in the kidney, if any. Then, an injection of X-Ray contrast medium will be injected into your veins in the arm. As the dye is injected into your body, you might feel a tingling sensation. You might also feel like you’re urinating. This is something not unusual and completely normal.
A series of X-Ray pictures will then be taken by the camera, every few minutes for about 30-60 minutes. You will be asked to hold your breath every-time before a picture is taken. This is done to determine the correct size of your kidneys and track the dye as it moves through your kidney and ureters to your bladder. Before the last picture is taken, you will be asked by the radiologist to empty your bladder as they need to image the urinary tract in action.
In some cases, the radiologist may apply a compression band around the body to better visualise the urinary structures.
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Preparation For An IVP
You are likely to be instructed by your doctor to not drink or eat a few hours before the examination. If you’re diabetic and take insulin, make sure to ask your doctor if you can take insulin on the day of your examination or no.
Before an IVP, inform your doctor if:
– Pregnancy could be a possibility for you
– You are allergic, especially to iodine or seafood
– You’ve ever had an adverse reaction to contrast dye
The doctor may also recommend you to stick to a special diet a day before your IVP appointment. This is done to minimise solid stools in the large intestine as stool makes it harder to read X-Rays.
Benefits & Risks Of An IVP
Images given out by IVP provide extremely valuable and in-depth information which in turn help doctors recognising, diagnosing and treating the patient’s Urinary Tract conditions which range from stones to even cancer.
Usually performed without any major side effects, this examination often provides sufficient information to direct treatment with medication, hence avoiding unnecessary surgical procedures.
The risks associated with an IVP are the usual risks associated with the radiation and also from the injection of contrast dye. Although you are minimally exposed to the radiation, this small amount can harm a developing foetus. So, pregnant women must be extra careful when prescribed this examination.
The injection which is usually given to the patient is very safe. However, with every injection, there could be a risk of an allergic reaction from the contrast dye. You might also feel a metallic taste in your mouth when the dye starts to circulate in your body. Some patients might experience a slight itching sensation. It is not unusual for patients to feel slightly warm as the contrast medium makes its way through the body. These are some of the most common and harmless side effects of the procedure and usually, disappear within a minute or two.
Some patients may develop a rash, and a few others may experience a mild asthma attack. It is very rare that someone gets a severe allergic reaction, similar to a peanut allergy.
Contrast dye can, in some rare cases, affect the functioning of your kidney. But, this is temporary and drinking lots of fluids after the examination helps you get rid of the abnormality.
If you have any of the above reactions, please consult your doctors or radiographers in the X-Ray department. Do not panic as they are all very well-trained and coached to understand these reactions and also treat them. If you’ve had a history of drug allergies, it is strongly advised that you speak with your specialist before getting the tests done. Please remember that all risks are relative and depend on from person to person.
To know more about the risks associated with IVP, read here.
Interpretation Of The IVP Result
After an IVP, a radiologist, exclusively trained to administer and interpret radiology examinations, reviews and analyses the images taken during the examination and gives a signed report for your physician.
The time taken for the pictures to be available varies from lab to lab. Usually, it takes a day or two to get your IVP result. Going through the IVP results with your doctor and discussing the further course of treatment should follow.
Sometimes your doctor may ask for a follow-up examination. Do not fret; at times a follow-up examination is done to monitor even the minutest change in an abnormality over time. Also, follow-up examinations are sometimes the best possible way to check if a particular treatment is working out well for the patient or to see if an abnormality is stable or changes over time.
Thus, an IVP or IVU can be extremely helpful in detection of Urinary Tract problems in the human body. Depending on the results and diagnosis, a right course of treatment can be followed, which could be both medicinal and surgical.
Ultimately, IVP is an inexpensive yet very useful imaging modality which continues to be relevant not only across India but also the world.
Cost of IVP Test in India
Cost of IVP Test in India varies from ₹1700 to ₹5000 depending on the city and the lab. You can check the IVP Test Cost in Different Cities of India, here
Table given below covers the cost of IVP in major metros of India.
|Name of Cost of X Ray IVP (You may click on the link to know price and book test)||Min. LabsAdvisor X Ray IVP Price||X Ray IVP Market Price|
|Cost of X Ray IVP Test in Delhi||₹ 2000||₹ 5000|
|Cost of X Ray IVP Test in Gurgaon||₹ 2000||₹ 7830|
|Cost of X Ray IVP Test in Faridabad||₹ 2100||₹ 5000|
|Cost of X Ray IVP Test in Noida||₹ 2000||₹ 5000|
|Cost of X Ray IVP Test in Mumbai||₹ 3000||₹ 4500|
|Cost of X Ray IVP Test in Bangalore / Bengaluru||₹ 2500||₹ 3400|
|Cost of X Ray IVP Test in Chennai||₹ 2475||₹ 2750|
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How to Book an IVP Test in India
You can reach to LabsAdvisor.com, to book your IVP Test in India, or call us on 09811166231 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also download our Android App to make the online booking. You may fill out the form given at the beginning of this article for a for a call back.
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