Baroque classical music in the reading room can help improve
radiologists work lives, potentially improving diagnostic efficiency
and accuracy, according to a study performed by researchers at the
University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD, Harbor Hospital in Baltimore,
MD, and the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia,
Eight radiologists participated in the study and rated their mood,
concentration, perceived diagnostic accuracy, productivity and work
satisfaction on a seven point scale. “The greatest positive effects
were noted with regard to mood and work satisfaction, with 63% and 50%
of respondents reporting a positive impact,” said Sohaib Mohiuddin, MD,
and Paras Lakhani, MD, lead authors of the study. “No participants
indicated a negative effect on mood, perceived diagnostic accuracy,
productivity or work satisfaction. Only one participant (12.5%)
indicated a negative effect of music on concentration,” they said.
“Given the increased workload of today’s radiologists, we were
interested in looking at environmental factors that could improve the
work environment for today’s busy radiology reading rooms,” said Dr.
“Other studies have correlated baroque classical music with improved
spatial reasoning, attentiveness and concentration and personally, I
have found that listening to music aids my concentration and
interpretative abilities,” said Dr. Lakhani. “We are currently
performing a larger study with more subjects to validate these
results,” they said.
News release courtesy of The American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS)