Procedures and treatments

Preparing a child for a procedure or treatment can be an anxious occasion. Great Ormond Street Hospital have produced a number of factsheets to help explain what will happen and what to expect.

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Search for information on procedures and treatments at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Biopsy

A biopsy is a small sample of tissue taken from the body so it can be examined under a microscope and tested chemically in the laboratories. Any area of the body can be biopsied.

Angiography and angioplasty

Angiography is a procedure that allows doctors to look at blood vessels in great detail using X-rays. If the doctors identify a narrowed portion (stenosis) of a blood vessel during the angiography procedure, they may stretch or widen it straightaway using a procedure called an angioplasty.

MRI scans

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.

Distraction therapy

When a child or young person shows discomfort by crying or shouting, it is not only distressing for them, but also parents and caregivers, as well as the staff attempting treatment. Children and young people can be helped through painful or difficult procedures using distraction therapy. This information sheet explains about distraction therapy and how it is used at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).