Safety concerns related to magnetic field exposure

Radiat Environ Biophys. 2006 Nov;45(4):245-52. doi: 10.1007/s00411-006-0065-0. Epub 2006 Sep 21.


The recent development of superconducting magnets has resulted in a huge increase in human exposure to very large static magnetic fields of up to several teslas (T). Considering the rapid advances in applications and the great increases in the strength of magnetic fields used, especially in magnetic resonance imaging, safety concerns about magnetic field exposure have become a key issue. This paper points out some of these safety concerns and gives an overview of the findings about this theme, focusing mainly on mechanisms of magnetic field interaction with living organisms and the consequent effects.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Behavioral Symptoms / etiology
  • Blood Circulation / physiology
  • Body Fluids / physiology
  • Electromagnetic Fields / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Pressure
  • Safety*