Assessment of Potential Short-Term Effects of Intermittent UMTS Electromagnetic Fields on Blood Circulation in an Exploratory Study, Using Near-Infrared Imaging

  • Sonja Spichtig
  • Felix Scholkmann
  • Lydia Chin
  • Hugo Lehmann
  • Martin Wolf
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (volume 737)


Potential short-term effects of intermittent UMTS electromagnetic fields (UMTS-EMF) on the cerebral blood circulation were assessed by near-infrared imaging. Different UMTS-EMF signals and exposure positions were applied in an exploratory study on eight subjects. Since no significant changes were found, the UMTS-EMF signal and the exposure position with the maximum changes in the measurement variables were estimated.



The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the Swiss National Foundation (National Research Programme NRP 57). We thank Massimo Merlini (Statistician, ETH Zurich) for his valuable comments and great support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sonja Spichtig
    • 1
    • 2
  • Felix Scholkmann
    • 1
  • Lydia Chin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hugo Lehmann
    • 3
  • Martin Wolf
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory, Division of Neonatology, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity Hospital ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute for Biomedical EngineeringUniversity and ETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Swisscom (Switzerland) Ltd., Innovation Competence CentreEnvironment & Electromagnetic CompatibilityBernSwitzerland

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