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Bioelectromagnetics. 1994;15(6):593-7.

Human exposure to magnetic fields: a comparative assessment of two dosimeters.

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Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut 06510.


Two types of dosimeters for measuring human exposure to 60 Hz magnetic fields were compared. Fifty adults wore the single-axis, wrist model AMEX (average magnetic field exposure system) and the triple axis, hip-pocket or pouch model AMEX-3D meters for 2 days. Ninety-six percent of the tests were accomplished without apparent dosimeter failure. The average root mean square magnetic flux density measurements with the AMEX-3D (mean = 0.10 microT, S.D. = 0.07, range = 0.03-0.31) were significantly higher than with the AMEX meter (mean = 0.07 microT, S.D. 0.05, range = 0.02-0.27 microT) (t test, P < 0.01). There was substantial correlation between the AMEX and the AMEX-3D measurements (Pearson's correlation coefficient = 0.65, P < 0.01) but poor concordance (Intraclass correlation coefficient = -0.25). These results suggest that there is a wide variation in exposure to extremely low frequency magnetic fields in the population. Magnetic field measurements with the AMEX-3D are nearly always higher than with the AMEX dosimeters. Caution is advised when comparing magnetic field measurements made with different types of dosimeters.

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