What tests diagnose kidney cancer? My doctor wants me to have an intravenous pyelogram. Is he looking for cancer?
Probably . Probably not. An intravenous pyelogram (ivp) is a study that looks mostly at the way your body manages urine. It's used primarily to identify blockages in the tubes that collect and transport urine to the bladder. Ivp is not used very often these days, having been almost completely replaced by ct scanning. In fact, no one looking for kidney cancer would use an ivp instead of a ct scan or an ultrasound. Therefore, i think it's very unlikely that cancer is what's on your doctor's mind.