Quantitation of Microwave Radiation Effects on the Eyes of Rabbits at 2450 MHz and 918 MHz.
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE BIOELECTROMAGNETICS RESEARCH LAB
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Studies on the microwave cataractogenic effects have been going on for many years. Despite the multitude of published information on the mechanism and time and power density threshold, very few of these papers present sufficient quantitative results useful for the purpose of extrapolation to man and, subsequently, establishment of safe human exposure guides. The present project was designed to ascertain the conditions and mechanisms of cataract production in laboratory animals by microwave irradiation and to extrapolate quantitatively the animal results to human exposures to provide data for the establishment of realistic safety standards. This report describes incident and absorbed power relationships in animal eyes exposed to near zone 2450 MHz and 918 MHz radiation, threshold of cataracto-genesis, effect of general body hypothermia, chronic subthreshold exposure results, and a study of the induced temperature rises in the eye.