January 27, 2015

What is KUB IVP

I dislike going to the hospital or clinic for check-up or labtest but I have no choice. Every year, since 2011 I always experience UTI or Urinary Tract Infection which I don’t really like because sometimes it will take 4 consecutive visits to the doctor before I get cleared. I’m so used already with my labtest such as urinalysis, urine culture and KUB ultrasound but two weeks ago my OB advised me to have KUB IVP

I have no idea that this will be the most expensive and uncomfortable labtest that I will ever experience in my life. Last January 17, after my check-up to OB, I immediately went to Radiology for my labtest but the staff scheduled me on January 20, 2015. She gave a flyer that I need to read because there’s preparation that I need to do before procedure. Sharing to you the flyer information. 

What is an Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)? 

An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an x-ray examination of the kidneys, ureters and urinary bladder that uses iodinated contrast material injected into veins. An x-ray (radiograph) is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body.

X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. When a contrast material is injected into a vein in the aptient’s arm, it travels through the bood stream and collects in the kidneys and urinary tract, turning these areas bright white on the x-ray images. 

An IVP allows the radiologist to view and assess the anatomy and function of the kidneys, ureters and the bladder. 

How Should I Prepare? 

Initially, the patient will be requested to have a Creatinine test prior the procedure, this will determine if IVP procedure if doable/possible. Good thing that this is part of my routine labtest so I already have the result which is normal. 

Preparation for adults (3 days) 

First Day 

Take light meals of soft diet for breakfast, lunch or dinner. No fruits, vegetables or fibers. 
Drink 45ml of PHOSPHO-SODA after dinner(follow the instructions on the package) 

Second Day 

Clear liquid diet 
If not possible, may have light breakfast only. No meat, fruits and vegatables. Strictly clear liquid at lunch and dinner. 
An hour after clear liquid diet for dinner, drink 45ml of PHOSPO-SODA again. 

Third Day (day of procedure) 

4-6 hours fasting. 

I’m not a fan of diet because I know I can’t take it so imagine how hard it is for me to have 3 days diet. Gutom na gutom talaga. I try not to blog hop and not to check FB and IG news feed so I won’t see any food pictures. 

My procedure started at 11 AM and I was finished at 1PM. I was lying on this table for 2 hours, doing a lot of position for the x-ray with IV on my arm.

I was happy that I’m back to my normal diet after that procedure. The result was normal again but my OB advised me to see Nephrology because of recurrent UTI.  

Yesterday, I was supposed to visit the doctor that my OB referred but she was on leave.


  1. Doctor visit can be so expensive. I'm glad to hear that everything back to normal Sis and Thank you for sharing this information!:) I learned something today