||Temperature Regulation in the Unrestrained Rabbit during Exposure to 600 MHz Radiofrequency Radiation.
Gordon, C. J. ;
Long, M. D. ;
Fehlner, K. S. ;
||Health Effects Research Lab., Research Triangle Park, NC. Experimental Biology Div.
Temperature regulation ;
Laboratory animals ;
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Six male New Zealand white rabbits were individually exposed to 600 MHz radiofrequency (RF) radiation for 90 min in a waveguide exposure system at an ambient temperature (Ta) of 20 or 30 C. Immediately after exposure, the rabbit was removed from the exposure chamber and its colonic and ear skin temperatures were quickly measured. The whole-body specific absorption rate (SAR) required to increase colonic and ear skin temperature was determined. At a Ta of 20 C the threshold SAR for elevating colonic and ear skin temperature was 0.64 and 0.26 W/kg, respectively. At a Ta of 30 C the threshold SARs were slightly less than at 20 C, with values of 0.26 W/kg for elevating colonic temperature and 0.19 W/kg for elevating ear skin temperature. The relationship between heat load and elevation in deep body temperature shown in the study at 600 MHz is similar to past studies which employed much higher frequencies of RF radiation (2450-2884 MHz).