Between-country comparison of whole-body SAR from personal exposure data in urban areas

Joseph, W. and Frei, P. and Röösli, M. and Vermeeren, G. and Bolte, J. and Thuroczy, G. and Gajsek, P. and Trcek, T. and Mohler, E. and Juhasz, P. and Finta, V. and Martens, L.. (2012) Between-country comparison of whole-body SAR from personal exposure data in urban areas. Bioelectromagnetics, Vol. 33, H. 8. pp. 682-694.

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In five countries (Belgium, Switzerland, Slovenia, Hungary, and the Netherlands), personal radio frequency electromagnetic field measurements were performed in different microenvironments such as homes, public transports, or outdoors using the same exposure meters. From the mean personal field exposure levels (excluding mobile phone exposure), whole-body absorption values in a 1-year-old child and adult male model were calculated using a statistical multipath exposure method and compared for the five countries. All mean absorptions (maximal total absorption of 3.4 microW/kg for the child and 1.8 microW/kg for the adult) were well below the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) basic restriction of 0.08 W/kg for the general public. Generally, incident field exposure levels were well correlated with whole-body absorptions (SAR(wb) ), although the type of microenvironment, frequency of the signals, and dimensions of the considered phantom modify the relationship between these exposure measures. Exposure to the television and Digital Audio Broadcasting band caused relatively higher SAR(wb) values (up to 65%) for the 1-year-old child than signals at higher frequencies due to the body size-dependent absorption rates. Frequency Modulation (FM) caused relatively higher absorptions (up to 80%) in the adult male. Bioelectromagnetics. (c) 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) > Environmental Exposures and Health Systems Research
UniBasel Contributors:Röösli, Martin and Mohler, Evelyn and Frei, Patrizia
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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