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Pyelogram for bladder cancer

Pyelogram for bladder cancer

Another type of pyelogram test is known as retrograde pyelogram. This imaging test for bladder cancer also uses a dye to improve the view of the bladder area. With this approach, the dye is injected through a catheter that is placed through the urethra and into the bladder or ureter. This test is useful for people who are allergic to the dye used for the X-ray test.

What is a pyelogram?

This imaging test can help with monitoring the cancerous tissue, and determining if the cancer has spread beyond the bladder. A pyelogram is pefrormed before an X-ray, to help identify specific areas.

For an intravenous pyelogram (IVP) - also known as a intravenous urogram (IVU), a special dye is injected into a vein and then flows into the ureters and bladder. When an X-ray is then taken, the dye outlines the bladder area, which helps in identifying urinary tract tumors.