Study type: Medical/biological study (experimental study)

Rewarming of the hypothermic rhesus monkey with electromagnetic radiation med./bio.

Published in: Bioelectromagnetics 1987; 8 (2): 183-193

Aim of study (acc. to author)

To conduct hypothermia/rewarming comparison experiments (conventional method (heating pad) versus radiofrequency induction coil system) with a detailed analysis of collected serum and to investigate the limits of usefulness of radiofrequency energy to treat profound hypothermia. Probing the useful limits of radiofrequency resuscitation consisted of experiments with more severe hypothermia followed by radiofrequency treatment.



Exposure Parameters
Exposure 1: 13.56 MHz

General information

experiments were done i) with a heating pad ii) with a RF coil

Exposure 1

Main characteristics
Frequency 13.56 MHz
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Chamber 60 cm x 60 cm x 129 cm acrylic box
Setup heating coil: 13 turns of copper tubing wound around a plastic pipe (36 cm long, 25.4 cm diameter); a seven-turn primary winding wound around the central portion insulated from the secondary winding by a 0.16 cm thick layer of plastic; a cylindrical aluminum shield with a diameter of 48 cm placed over the coil; inner plastic pipe with a diameter of 20.3 cm maintained minimum spacing between the monkey's body and the coil
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
SAR 9 W/kg - calculated whole body -

Reference articles

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Time of investigation:
  • before exposure
  • during exposure
  • after exposure

Main outcome of study (acc. to author)

The previously observed postprocedure rise in serum enzymes (see Publikation 5818) was again found, with no statistically significant difference in the time course of serum enzyme levels between the two treatments for comparable durations of hypothermia (enzyme level determinations are a primary tool to assess possible internal tissue injury). There is no evidence in the blood results to suggest the existence of hazards other than that of possible thermal damage. Radiofrequency energy was successful in resuscitating the profoundly hypothermic subjects without discernible harmful effects.

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