Influence of 1800 MHz GSM-like electromagnetic radiation exposure on fracture healing

Arch Med Res. 2014 Feb;45(2):125-31. doi: 10.1016/j.arcmed.2014.01.006. Epub 2014 Feb 4.


Background and aims: In this study, we aimed to investigate whether 1800 MHz frequency electromagnetic radiation (EMR) has an effect on bone healing.

Methods: A total of 30 Wistar albino rats were divided into two equal groups. Fractures were created in the right tibias of all rats; next, intramedullary fixations with K-wire were performed. A control group (Group I) was kept under the same experimental conditions except without EMR exposure. Rats in Group II were exposed to an 1800 MHz frequency EMR for 30 min a day for 5 days a week. Next, radiological, mechanical, and histological examinations were performed to evaluate tibial fracture healing.

Results: Radiological, histological and mechanical scores were not significantly different between groups (respectively, p = 0.114, p = 0.184 and p = 0.083), and all of these scores were lower than those of the controls.

Conclusions: EMR at 1800 MHz frequency emitted from cellular phones has no effect on bone fracture healing.

Keywords: 1800 MHz; Electromagnetic radiation; Fracture healing; GSM; Mobile phone.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bone and Bones / pathology
  • Bone and Bones / physiopathology
  • Bone and Bones / radiation effects
  • Cell Phone*
  • Electromagnetic Radiation*
  • Fracture Healing / radiation effects*
  • Fractures, Bone / pathology
  • Fractures, Bone / physiopathology*
  • Male
  • Rats, Wistar