High-intensity static magnetic fields modulate skin microcirculation and temperature in vivo

Shigeru Ichioka, Masayuki Minegishi, Masakazu Iwasaka, Masahiro Shibata, Takashi Nakatsuka, Kiyonori Harii, Akira Kamiya, Shoogo Ueno

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We investigated the acute effect of static magnetic fields of up to 8 T on skin blood flow and body temperature in anesthetized rats. These variables were measured prior to, during, and following exposure to a magnetic field in a superconducting magnet with a horizontal bore. The dorsal skin was transversely incised for 1 cm to make a subcutaneous pocket. Probes of a laser Doppler flowmeter and a thermistor were inserted into the pocket and positioned at mid-dorsum to measure skin blood flow and temperature. Another thermistor probe was put into the rectum to monitor rectal temperature. After baseline measurement outside the magnet, the rat was inserted into the bore for 20 min so that mid-dorsum was exactly positioned at the center, where the magnetic field was nearly homogeneous. Post-exposure changes were then recorded for 20 min outside the bore. Sham-exposed animals were submitted to exactly the same conditions, except that the superconducting magnet was not energized. Skin blood flow and temperature decreased significantly during magnetic field exposure and recovered after removal of the animal from the magnet. The rectal temperature showed a tendency to decrease while the animal was in the magnet. The microcirculatory and thermal reactions in the present study were consistent and agreed with some of the predictions based on mathematical simulations and model experiments. Bioelectromagnetics 21:183-188, 2000.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-188
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Apr


  • Blood flow
  • Laser Doppler flowmetry
  • Magnetic field exposure
  • Microcirculation
  • Superconducting magnet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Physiology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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