Artists use real-time MRI footage to create music video

Musician Sivu lies in an MRI scanner, repeatedly singing his new song "Better Man Than He," for almost three hours to make the three-minute video.

Some see, not to mention make, art in unusual places. And so it is with U.K.-based musician Sivu, who is letting viewers peer inside his mind while he sings -- literally.

Reportedly inspired by the work being done on children born with cleft lips and palates at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London, Sivu lay in an MRI scanner for almost three hours and sang his new single, "Better Man Than He," repeatedly. The resulting music video is an edit of that footage, relying on nothing but the relatively new real-time medical imaging technique often used to capture the subtle movements of organs, joints, and more.

Sivu and music video director Adam Powell are crediting doctors Marc E. Miguel and Andrew David Scott, as well as Barts hospital, for their help in the production.

The word is still out on whether Sivu was harmed in the making of this film, but because MRI does not use ionizing radiation -- the high-energy radiation currently used in CT scans that may damage DNA -- the FDA reports that there are "no known harmful side-effects associated with temporary exposure to the strong magnetic field used by MRI scanners."

Prolonged exposure, however, can result in a slight warming of the body. There's got to be a good pun in there somewhere.


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