Study type: Medical/biological study (experimental study)

Effects of neck exposure to 5.5 mT static magnetic field on pharmacologically modulated blood pressure in conscious rabbits. med./bio.

Published in: Bioelectromagnetics 2005; 26 (6): 469-480

Aim of study (acc. to author)

To study the acute effects of local application of a static magnetic field to neck or pelvic region under pharmacologically modulated blood pressure; norepinephrine-induced hypertension as well as nicardipine (calcium channel blocker)-induced hypotension in conscious rabbits



Exposure Parameters
Exposure 1:
Exposure duration: 30 min

Exposure 1

Main characteristics
Exposure duration 30 min
Exposure setup
Exposure source
  • coil(s)
  • a pair of donut shaped annular electromagnets (33/24 cm outer/inner diameter, 2.8 cm thick)
Setup the rabbit was placed in a plastic cylinder holder (50 cm long, 16 cm inner diameter) which was placed into the pair of electromagnets. One electromagnet was located over the neck of the rabbit while the other one over the pelvis region.
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
magnetic flux density 6.1 mT maximum measured - in the magnet und 4 mT in the center axis of the magnet
magnetic flux density 5.5 mT maximum measured - to 1 mT; in the neck or pelvis
magnetic flux density 4 mT maximum measured - in the head and ear

Reference articles

  • Okano H et al. (2003): Anti-pressor effects of whole body exposure to static magnetic field on pharmacologically induced hypertension in conscious rabbits.

Exposed system:

Methods Endpoint/measurement parameters/methodology

Investigated system:
Investigated organ system:
Time of investigation:
  • before exposure
  • during exposure
  • after exposure

Main outcome of study (acc. to author)

Neck exposure significantly attenuated the pharmacologically induced vasoconstriction or vasodilation, and subsequently suppressed the increase or decrease in blood pressure compared with sham exposure. In contrast, pelvis exposure did not significantly antagonized norepinephrine-elevated blood pressure or nicardipine-reduced blood pressure.
The neck exposure had a biphasic and restorative effect on vascular tone and blood pressure acting to normalize the tone and blood pressure. The neck exposure caused a significant increase in baroreflex sensitivity in norepinephrine-elevated blood pressure compared with sham exposure.
The buffering effects of the static magnetic field on increased hemodynamic differences between norepinephrine-induced high vascular tone and nicardipine-induced low vascular tone might be, in part, dependent on baroreflex pathways, which could modulate norepinephrine-mediated response in conjunction with Ca2+ dynamics.

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