Effects of static magnetic and pulsed electromagnetic fields on bone healing

Int J Adult Orthodon Orthognath Surg. 1997;12(1):43-53.


The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the healing pattern of an experimentally induced osteotomy in Hartley guinea pigs in the presence of static magnetic and pulsed electromagnetic fields. The sample consisted of 30 Hartley guinea pigs 2 weeks of age divided into 3 groups: pulsed electromagnetic, static magnetic, and control. An osteotomy was performed in the mandibular postgonial area in all groups under general anesthesia. During the experimental period of 9 days, the animals were kept in experiment cages 8 hours per day, the first two groups being in the presence of pulsed electromagnetic and static magnetic field, respectively. Based on histologic results, both static and pulsed electromagnetic fields seemed to accelerate the rate of bone repair when compared to the control group. The osteotomy sites in the control animals consisted of connective tissue, while new bone had filled the osteotomy areas in both magnetic field groups.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Electromagnetic Fields*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Fracture Healing / radiation effects*
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Magnetics / therapeutic use*
  • Male
  • Mandible / physiology
  • Mandible / surgery
  • Osteogenesis / radiation effects*
  • Osteotomy / methods
  • Pilot Projects
  • Wound Healing / radiation effects*