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Main Title Analysis of Radiofrequency and Microwave Absorption Data with Consideration of Thermal Safety Standards.
Author Tell., Richard A. ;
CORP Author Office of Radiation Programs, Las Vegas, Nev.
Year Published 1978
Report Number ORP/EAD-78/2;
Stock Number PB-284 639
Additional Subjects Microwaves ; Radiation effects ; Health physics ; Radio frequencies ; Tissues(Biology) ; Exposure ; Humans ; Standards ; Safety ; Industrial medicine ; Electromagnetic radiation ; Absorption(Biology) ; Analyzing ; Public health ; Tables(Data) ; Environmental health ; Occupational safety and health ; Maximum permissible exposure level ; Nonionizing
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB-284 639 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. NTIS 06/23/1988
Collation 56p
An analysis of existing radiofrequency and microwave radiation absorption data has been performed to examine the frequency dependent phenomenon of biological tissue heating. This analysis restricts itself to thermal considerations and examines the exposure field intensities associated with various levels of RF and MW induced thermal loading on both the body as a whole and specific, selectively absorbing tissues in adult humans and infants. An underlying absorption factor of 1W/kg, is used for comparative purposes in the analysis. A method of specifying safety standard limits based on the electromagnetic field energy density rather than the plane wave, free-space equivalent power density is presented. The analysis reveals a particularly important resonance frequency range, 10 MHz < or = f < or = 1000 MHz, in which RF and MW absorption may lead to whole body thermal loads several times the whole body basal metabolic rate for exposures equal to the present safety standard in use in the United States. A discussion is developed for applications of this analysis to occupational environments and short duration exposure conditions.