Scopin' to Mozart Helps Find More Polyps

A young Mozart at the piano.In a small pilot study, Mozart in the background helped two endoscopists find more polyps during a colonoscopy.

One doctor’s adenoma detection rate (ADR) soared from 21% from before the study began to 68% while listening to music.  With no Mozart he found polyps in about 30 of every 100 patients he examined.  With music, his rate more than doubled to about 68 per 100.

A second endoscopist wasn’t moved as much by music.  Before the study, his ADR was 27.16%; afterwards it was of 36.7% with music and 40.5% without  the help of Herr Mozart.  Unlike the first doctor, he was told the results of the study as it went along.

Just being in the study and knowing their ADRs were being recorded boosted the rates for both gastroenterologists.

Colonoscopies were being done for screening or for surveillance of patients with a personal or family history of polyps or colon cancer.

All patients were tested using monitored anesthesia care (MAC) and split-dose bowel preparation was used for all cases.

Catherine O’Shea, DO and David Wolf, MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston concluded,

The endoscopist blinded to the study outcome had a higher adenoma detection rate while listening to Mozart as compared to without Mozart.

SOURCE: O’Shea and Wolf, American College of Gastroenterology 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting, Poster #646, The “Mozart Effect” and Adenoma Detection




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