Accession Number:

ADA217715

Title:

Thermoregulatory Responses of Rats Exposed to 9.3-GHz Radiofrequency Radiation

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX

Report Date:

1987-10-15

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

Ketamine-anesthetized Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed in H orientation to far-field 9.3-GHz continuous-wave CW and pulsed 2 microseconds 500 pps radiofrequency radiation RFR at average power densities of 30 and 60 mWsq. cm whole-body average specific absorption rates of 9.3 and 18.6 Wkg, respectively. Irradiation was conducted to cyclicly increase colonic temperature from 38.5 to 39.5 C. Colonic, tympanic, and subcutaneous temperatures, ECG, blood pressure, and respiratory rate were continuously recorded during experimentation. At both power densities, the subcutaneous and tympanic temperature increases significantly exceeded the colonic temperature increase. At both exposure levels, heart rate increased significantly during irradiation and returned to baseline when exposure was discontinued. Blood pressure and respiratory rate did not significantly change during irradiation. There were no significant differences between the effects of CW and pulsed RFR exposure. The levels of subcutaneous heating and heart rate change were greater, and the times required to achieve and to recover from a 1 C colonic temperature increase were longer than in previous studies conducted at 2.8 GHz. Results of these studies indicate that the carrier frequency used during irradiation markedly affects the pattern of heat distribution and the physiological responses of RF-irradiated animals.

Subject Categories:

  • Stress Physiology
  • Electromagnetic Pulses

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE