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Electromagnetic Fields in Biological Systems

1st Edition

Edited by James C. Lin

CRC Press

458 pages | 129 B/W Illus.

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As wireless technology becomes more sophisticated and accessible to more users, the interactions of electromagnetic fields with biological systems have captured the interest not only of the scientific community but also the general public. Unintended or deleterious biological effects of electromagnetic fields and radiation may indicate grounds for health and safety precautions in their use. Spanning static fields to terahertz waves, Electromagnetic Fields in Biological Systems explores the range of consequences these fields have on the human body.

With contributions by an array of experts, topics discussed include:

  • Essential interactions and field coupling phenomena, highlighting their importance in research on biological effects and in scientific, industrial, and medical applications
  • Electric field interactions in cells, focusing on ultrashort, pulsed high-intensity fields
  • The effect of exposure to naturally occurring and human-made static, low-frequency, and pulsed magnetic fields in biological systems
  • Dosimetry or coupling of extremely low frequency (ELF) fields into biological systems and the historical developments and recent trends in numerical dosimetry
  • Mobile communication devices and the dosimetry or coupling of radiofrequency (RF) radiation into the human body
  • Exposure and dosimetry associated with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy
  • Available data on the interaction of terahertz radiation with biological tissues, cells, organelles, and molecules

There is great potential for communication, industrial, scientific, and medical use of electromagnetic fields and radiation. To help advance knowledge of the biological effects of such fields and to exploit their potential medical applications, this book highlights critical issues relating to their effects on living systems.

Table of Contents

Coupling of Electromagnetic Fields into Biological Systems, James C. Lin

Physical Laws Governing Electromagnetic Phenomena

Electromagnetic Properties of Tissue

Electromagnetic Phenomena at Tissue Interfaces

Static Electric and Magnetic Fields

Time-Varying Electromagnetic Fields

Low-Frequency and Quasistatic Electric and Magnetic Fields

Propagation of Electromagnetic Energy from Antennas

Coupling of Quasistatic Electric and Magnetic Fields

Radiofrequency Fields and Energy Deposition

Radiofrequency Dosimetry and Energy Absorption in Anatomical Models

Coupling of Short and Ultra-Wideband Pulses into the Human Body

Coupling of Millimeter and Terahertz Waves

Pulsed Electric Fields in Biological Cells and Membranes, R. P. Joshi and K. H. Schoenbach

Interaction of Electric Fields with Living Cells

Modeling Electric Fields in Cells

Temperature Changes Due to Electric Pulsing

Role of the Biological Dielectric Properties

Extracting Parameters from Cell Suspensions

Static, Low-Frequency, and Pulsed Magnetic Fields in Biological Systems, Shoogo Ueno and Hideyuki Okano

Mechanisms of Biological Effects and Biomagnetic Phenomena of Magnetic Fields

Experimental Studies on Magnetic Field Effects

Response of Plants and Microorganisms to Magnetic Fields

Interaction of Extremely Low–Frequency Electromagnetic Fields with Biological Systems, Tsukasa Shigemitsu and Kenichi Yamazaki

EMF and Biological Systems

Numerical Dosimetry Approaches

Development of Modeling of the Human Body

Coupling and Dosimetry of ELF EMF with Biological Systems

Mobile Communication Fields in Biological Systems, Konstantina S. Nikita and Asimina Kiourti

Numerical Dosimetry

Experimental Dosimetry

Exposure Assessment

Medical Devices and Systems Exposure and Dosimetry, N. Leitgeb

Medical Therapy

Medical Diagnosis

Electromagnetic Compatibility

Terahertz Radiation: Sources, Applications, and Biological Effects, Gerald J. Wilmink and Jessica E. Grundt

Terahertz Sources: Conventional and State-of-the-Art

Terahertz Applications

Terahertz Skin Interactions

Biological Effects at a Cellular and Biomolecular Level


About the Editor

Dr. James C. Lin is a professor of electrical engineering, bioengineering, physiology, and biophysics at the University of Illinois in Chicago, where he has served as head of the Bioengineering Department, director of the Robotics and Automation Laboratory, and director of special projects in the College of Engineering.

About the Series

Biological Effects of Electromagnetics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biotechnology
SCIENCE / Physics