Physiological changes in rats after exposure to low levels of microwaves

Radiat Res. 1990 Aug;123(2):199-202.


The effects of exposure to sublethal levels of microwaves were studied. Young albino rats of both sexes were exposed for 60 days to 7.5-GHz microwaves (1.0-KHz square wave modulation, average power 0.6 mW/cm2) for 3 h daily. During and after microwave exposure several physiological parameters were measured in both control and exposed animals. It was found that the animals exposed to microwaves tended to eat and drink less and thus showed a smaller gain in body weight. Some of the hematological parameters and organ weights were also significantly different. It is proposed that a nonspecific stress response due to microwave exposure and mediated through the central nervous system is responsible for the observed physiological changes.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blood Cell Count / radiation effects
  • Blood Sedimentation / radiation effects
  • Body Weight / radiation effects
  • Drinking / radiation effects
  • Eating / radiation effects
  • Female
  • Hemoglobins / analysis
  • Male
  • Microwaves / adverse effects*
  • Organ Size / radiation effects
  • Rats


  • Hemoglobins