Static magnetic fields: A summary of biological interactions, potential health effects, and exposure guidelines

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Interest in the mechanisms of interaction and the biological effects of static magnetic fields has increased significantly during the past two decades as a result of the growing number of applications of these fields in research, industry and medicine. A major stimulus for research on the bioeffects of static magnetic fields has been the effort to develop new technologies for energy production and storage that utilize intense magnetic fields (e.g., thermonuclear fusion reactors and superconducting magnet energy storage devices). Interest in the possible biological interactions and health effects of static magnetic fields has also been increased as a result of ... continued below

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Tenforde, T.S. May 1, 1992.

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Interest in the mechanisms of interaction and the biological effects of static magnetic fields has increased significantly during the past two decades as a result of the growing number of applications of these fields in research, industry and medicine. A major stimulus for research on the bioeffects of static magnetic fields has been the effort to develop new technologies for energy production and storage that utilize intense magnetic fields (e.g., thermonuclear fusion reactors and superconducting magnet energy storage devices). Interest in the possible biological interactions and health effects of static magnetic fields has also been increased as a result of recent developments in magnetic levitation as a mode of public transportation. In addition, the rapid emergence of magnetic resonance imaging as a new clinical diagnostic procedure has, in recent years, provided a strong rationale for defining the possible biological effects of magnetic fields with high flux densities. In this review, the principal interaction mechanisms of static magnetic fields will be described, and a summary will be given of the present state of knowledge of the biological, environmental, and human health effects of these fields.

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  • 8. International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) world congress, Vancouver (Canada), 10-22 May 1992

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  • Other: DE92015218
  • Report No.: PNL-SA-20340
  • Report No.: CONF-920501--22
  • Grant Number: AC06-76RL01830
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5172313
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1058672

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Tenforde, T.S. Static magnetic fields: A summary of biological interactions, potential health effects, and exposure guidelines, article, May 1, 1992; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1058672/: accessed October 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.