Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
Allergy to contrast dye (eg, iodine)
Poor kidney function
Taking certain medicines
Pregnant women should not have this test.
What to Expect
Prior to test
Leading up to the test:
You will need to have kidney function tests.
The day before the test, you may be asked to use laxatives and possibly
to clean out your gut. This is because stool in the intestines may make it harder to read the x-ray pictures.
Do not eat or drink after midnight.
Description of the Test
An IV line will be inserted. This will provide the contrast dye and any medicine that you will need. For the next 30-60 minutes, you will lie on a table while x-rays are taken at regular intervals. You may be asked to hold your breath each time an x-ray is taken. The dye will highlight your urinary system on the x-ray. This will allow your doctor to see these body parts at work and detect problems. Before the last x-ray, you will empty your bladder in a bathroom.
You will be able to resume your normal activities and diet. Be sure to follow your doctor's
How Long Will It Take?
About 60-90 minutes
Will It Hurt?
No. You may feel a sensation of warmth or heat as the contrast dye travels through your body.
It may take a few days to receive your test results. Your doctor will discuss the results with you, as well as any treatment.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if you have any concerns after the procedure. Call if you have any of the following symptoms:
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a