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North Clin Istanb. 2018 Sep;5(3):268-273. doi: 10.14744/nci.2017.00483.

The use of neodymium magnets in healthcare and their effects on health.

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Department of Physiology, Institute of Health Sciences, Duzce University, Duzce, Turkey.
Department of Physiology, Istanbul Medeniyet University Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey.


The strong magnetic field properties of magnets have led to their use in many modern technologies, as well as in the fields of medicine and dentistry. Neodymium magnets are a powerful type of magnet that has been the subject of recent research. This review provides a brief explanation of the definition, history, and characteristics of rare earth magnets. In addition, a broad overview of results obtained in studies performed to date on the effects of magnets, and neodymium magnets in particular, on body systems, tissues, organs, diseases, and treatment is provided. Though they are used in the health sector in various diagnostic devices and as therapeutic tools, there is some potential for harmful effects, as well as the risk of accident. The research is still insufficient; however, neodymium magnets appear to hold great promise for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.


Health; magnet; neodymium

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Conflict of Interest: No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.

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