This page explains about upper GI contrast studies, which include barium meal, barium swallow or barium follow through studies) what is involved and what to expect when your child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to have one. It explains the various types of contrast studies used to examine the upper part of the gastrointestinal or digestive system.
An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan uses a magnetic field rather than X-rays to take pictures of your child’s body. The MRI scanner is a hollow machine with a tube running horizontally through its middle. ‘Feed and wrap’ is a technique used with young babies instead of sedation or general anaesthesia. Generally, babies tend to fall asleep after a feed, so we take advantage of this and scan them while asleep.
This page explains about what happens when your child has an MRI scan without sedation or general anaesthetic and what to expect when your child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to have this procedure.