Research presented at the 76th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology concluded that physicians who listen to Mozart while performing colonoscopy may increase their detection rate over doing the procedure without music.
In the randomized, controlled study, two experienced endoscopists completed at least 1,000 colonoscopies with or without Mozart music and the detection rates were compared with their baseline rate before the study. For the first doctor the polyp detection rate was 67% with the music and 30 percent without the music. This is higher that the doctors prestudy baseline rate of 21 percent. For the second doctor , the polyp detection rate was 37 percent with the music, and 40 percent without. These are higher than the prestudy baseline rate of 27 percent. Adenomas are a type of colon polyp that are considered a precursor for invasive colorectal cancer so it is important to identify and remove these polyps. The researchers said “Anything we can do to get those rates up has the potential to save lives.” There is a large body of research that shows that clearing the colon of polyps significantly reduces colorectal cancer mortality and when detected in its earliest and most treatable stage, the survival rate for colorectal cancer exceeds 90 percent. This study has a small sample but the results may assist doctors to improve their detection rates of colon polyps.