An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) involves injecting a dye containing iodine through a vein in the arm into the bloodstream. The dye eventually collects in the urinary system, where it improves the contrast for X-rays and produces a well-defined image of the kidneys, ureters, and bladder. By showing up as white on the dark X-ray film, the IVP can detect tumors or damage caused by a tumor in the kidney.
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