This is a specialised x-ray examination of the kidneys, ureters and bladder (urinary system).
This radiographic examination is used to study the ability of the urinary system to excrete urine. It has also the advantage of demonstrating the whole urinary system.
Before the examination is carried out, the bowels need to be cleansed in order to obtain accurate diagnosis. This requires the following preparation:
You will be required to change into a hospital gown. A locker will be provided for your belongings, but please keep your valuables at home.
Please inform the radiographer if your answer is ‘Yes’ to any of the following questions:-
The entire examination may take 1-2 hours.Due to the nature of our work, some examinations may take longer than anticipated and we may not be able to keep strictly to schedule.
If you have any questions about the examination, do not hesitate to ask the radiographer attending to you.
Please do not change out of your hospital gown immediately after the examination. It may be necessary to do some additional views after the initial images were processed and reviewed.
The radiologist will review the images and report the findings to your physician, who will then discuss the results with you on your next appointment.
As with all procedures involving ionizing radiation, a radiation risk applies. However, the benefits of an accurate diagnosis far outweigh the risks. Contrast materials used in IVU studies can cause adverse reactions in some people. However, our radiographers and radiologists are well-trained to deal with such reactions.
X-ray imaging is not usually indicated for pregnant women.