Nine well ventilated radial transmission line (RTL) exposure chambers were placed in three racks, each rack containing one exposure chamber for each of the three exposure conditions. Each exposure chamber consisted of two parallel circular aluminium plates with 150 cm diameter and 15 cm separation. The edges of the plates were shorted with a metallic wall covered with a ring of absorbing material to reduce reflections.
Twenty-four ventilated polycarbonate cages having the shape of a truncated wedge (17 to 8.5 cm wide, 35 cm long, and 15 cm high), each containing an unrestrained rat, were placed symmetrically in the chamber with their wider end near the absorbing material. A tuneable monopole antenna at the center generated a radial plane wave. The EF was vertical (perpendicular to the plates) and the MF was circumferential, parallel to the plates.
The background ELFMF was below 0.1 µT, the staticMF was 40-47 µT in the animal room. The stray RF fields at a distance of 0.15 m from the exposure chamber were 1 W/m² or lower, and far below 0.1 W/m² at a distance of 1 m.
Measurement and calculation details
Forward and reflected powers at the input of the exposure chambers were measured with RFpower meters. The whole-body average SARs for rats in the center of the cage with their noses pointing at the center of the chamber were determined based on 1) analytical calculations with homogeneous prolate spheroidal rat models and on 2) calorimetric measurements using homogeneousratphantoms consisting of plastic flasks filled with liquid simulating muscle, and were 3) confirmed by FDTD calculations [Puranen et al., submitted]. The resulting SARs decreased linearly with increasing rat mass from 100 g to 320 g and varied with different horizontal positions. For small rats (<110 g), the highest SAR may have been 1.2 W/kg for the low-level exposure and 3.6 W/kg for the high-level exposure if the rat was standing in an upright position.
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