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Automated music with Achieva systems

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Mr. Gonzalez, Gabriel, R.T. Palo Alto Medical Foundation USA
Hitt, Dave, B.Sc. Philips Healthcare USA

One of the many responsibilities of a staff technologist is often to provide listening options for patients during their examinations. This can mean sorting through numerous CDs to find the appropriate music a patient may like, and then loading the CD player while scanning and attending to the patient and other work responsibilities. All of this takes time out of an already busy schedule however this can be simplified by creating music playlists on the scanner console.


At the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), music has been automated on the Philips Achieva MR system and is automatically turned on when the system is booted up in the morning. The music list will play for over an hour, since more than 60 minutes of music files have been stored on the scanner console, before looping back to the first song in the list. And while the patient scan times at PAMF are generally 30 minutes, this means that the patient will never hear the same song twice.


Automating music on the Achieva MR is a simple and easy process of storing converted mp3 music files into the Windows, My Music folder. Once music files have been loaded into the My Music directory, a playlist of specific songs can be created. The playlist is then copied into the Windows, Startup menu which automatically begins the music list every time the system is booted up into the MR application software. This frees up the technologist to attend to patient and other duties knowing that the music is running in the background and doesn't have to be restarted or monitored.


The following steps were used to automate music lists on the PAMF Achieva scanner:

1. Import MP3 music files into windows "My Music" folder.


Use the keyboard Windows key to select the Programs, Accessories, Window Explorer to select the "My Music" folder. From a usb drive, drag over or copy and paste the mp3 files to be used for patient listening.

2. Create a Playlist

Create a Playlist of the mp3 music by arranging the order of songs to be played.

Next create the Playlist by opening Windows Media Player (this can be easily done by double clicking on one of the music files).



Note: There are different releases of Windows Media Player that may appear different than the one shown above.


Once the Media Player is open, create a new Playlist by clicking on "My Playlist".


On this New Playlist menu (left screen below), name the New Playlist and select the music files for the New Playlist from the Media Library location.


After all of the files have been selected, click on "OK" to save the New Playlist (right screen below).



This New Playlist will now show up in the media list of Playlists and is ready to be copied into the Windows Startup menu.



3. Add Playlist into the Windows Startup directory

You are now ready to copy and paste, or drag, the Playlist into the Windows Start-Up directory.

From the Windows Explorer menu, right click on the New Playlist and select copy.



Open the Windows Startup menu by using the Windows key of the keyboard, select Programs, and double click on "Startup":



In the Windows Startup menu, right click and paste the Playlist.


Now, each time the Achieva is booted up, the Playlist will automatically start and run continuously until the system is exited at the end of the day.

4. Restart or boot-up to start Playlist

Restart or boot-up the Philips MR application software to start the Playlist.

5. Connect to patient headset

Connect the music out from the computer (left) through the CD player to the patient headset as shown below using a single cable from the front of the console. The other end of the cable is attached into the axillary in connection of the CD player (right).





Note: Rights to audio are the property of the individual artists and the audio is not to be recorded or used except in accordance with related laws and regulations

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