Role of Music during Medical Imaging Procedures


Music is found in every culture and has been used by humans for thousands of years. Our ability to create, interpret and enjoy music is built into our anatomy. The human ear is tuned to the human voice, but its range is much greater. Music has a positive effect on mood, boosting concentration and memory, and giving people a greater ability to cope with stress. 

In a study published in Brain: A Journal of Neurology, researchers found that music helped people recovering from a stroke with verbal memory and maintaining focus. The findings also stated that music lessened depression and confusion.

The Magic of Music 

The American Music Therapy Association asserts that the magic of music is far-reaching, even in medical treatments. The association reports that music can reduce pain, stress, and anxiety, even to the point of measurable physiological changes, including lowering blood pressure, improving heart function, reducing heart rate, and relaxing muscle tension. Music has many benefits, including the fact that it is low-cost to administer, non-invasive, and does not have side effects other than having a tune stuck in your head on repeat!

Brain imaging studies suggest that listening to music activates the brain’s reward centers, triggering the feel-good hormone dopamine. Research has shown that playing music can be beneficial in pediatric procedures and for adults to mask the sound of surgical instruments being unwrapped or monitors beeping. It also can help people feel more secure and normal in stressful situations such as those surrounding a hospital stay. Patients may feel that being given the option to play music and what songs to play provides them with a sense of control during their time in the hospital or diagnostic center.

Music in Radiodiagnosis

According to a research study by the National Library of Medicine, patients undergoing interventional radiological procedures were randomly assigned to two groups. The intervention group received music of their choice via headphones during the procedure. Patients in the control group did not receive music during the procedure. Blood pressure and pulse rate were monitored before and during the procedures in order to measure anxiety levels. The primary outcomes measured were reductions in drug doses for sedation and analgesia. Anxiety scores were also assessed after each procedure using a validated state anxiety inventory.

The study concluded that music therapy helped significantly reduce the sedation requirements during interventional radiology procedures. Music while undergoing interventional radiology minimizes the risks of sedation and contributes to making the procedure safer. It also makes the patient experience more pleasant.

Access Prodigi’s Playlist on Spotify

Prodigi‘s strategy for a patient-centric approach is unique and in tune with the music. Music therapy helps patients counteract many negative emotions and conditions that may arise during diagnostic imaging. Our team has carefully designed a set of playlists on Spotify with patients in mind, which is an optimal blend of slow, harmonic songs and upbeat, fast tracks. 

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