THE EFFECT OF MICROWAVES ON THE RESPONSE TO IONIZING RADIATION
ROME AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER GRIFFISS AFB NY
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The interaction of different forms of energy that result in antagonism or modification of response in the organism is a recognized biological phenomenon. Evidence was obtained that dogs exposed to a physiologically tolerated level 100 mwsquare cm of pulsed microwaves 2800 mc are less sensitive to ionizing radiation than animals not previously pretreated with microwaves. Simultaneous exposure to ionizing and microwave irradiation results in earlier granulocytic recovery than is seen after ionizing radiation alone. Protection by enhancement of recovery processes is considered. Lethality from whole and partial body ionizing radiation after exposure to microwaves is reduced depending on duration of previous microwave exposure. The results indicate the need for additional work with consideration of time- intensity factors of both forms of energy to permit the evaluation of these procedures in modification of injury or enhancement of recovery after ionizing radiation exposure.
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