Radiation and Environmental Biophysics

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 1–14 | Cite as

Interaction of radiofrequency and microwave radiation with living systems

A review of mechanisms
  • Maria A. Stuchly


Human health aspects and biological effects of radio frequency (RF) and microwave radiation have been in the focus of research efforts in the last decade. An understanding of the interaction mechanisms between such radiation and living systems is essential in interpreting experimental results and assessing potential health hazards.

A comprehensive review of basic biophysical interaction mechanisms between RF and microwaves in the frequency range between 10 MHz and 300 GHz and biological systems is provided in this paper. The interactions at various levels of organization of a living organisms such as molecular, cellular and macroscopic are discussed.


Radiation Microwave Biological System Biological Effect Radio Frequency 
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  • Maria A. Stuchly
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  1. 1.Nonionizing Radiation Section, Radiation Protection BureauEnvironmental Health Centre, Health and WelfareOttawa, OntarioCanada

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