Radiation from tower can affect health: expert

When the cell phone signal is weak, the device must not be held close to the ear, S. Raghavan, Professor, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, National Institute of Technology–Tiruchirapalli, said while presenting a research paper on “Wearable antenna and devices for Biomedical applications” at an international symposium at Taipei, Taiwan, recently.

Prof. Raghavan who was invited for the PIERS (Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium) 2013 in recognition of his research contribution in microwaves, emphasized that the usage of cell phone must be to the bare minimum with adequate precautionary measures.

In his invited talk, Prof. Raghavan touched upon the biological effects of cell phone tower radiation. He handled a session dealing with applications of microwaves in health care and implantable antennas.

According to Prof. Raghavan, the NIT-T’s Microwave Group had presented three research papers, and held the distinction of presenting the highest number of research papers in the PIERS conferences so far.

The NIT-T has decided to conduct a workshop on telemedicine with Prof. Raghavan and Associate Dean of Student Welfare N. Sivakumar as coordinators under Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme.

For his contribution to medical electronics, Prof. Raghavan was felicitated on Wednesday by the NIT-T Director S. Sundarrajan, Registrar G. Swaminathan, and Dean – Student Welfare Ramprasad, in the presence of G. Ganapathi, former Joint Director of Medical Services, Tamil Nadu Government, and recipient of lifetime achievement award.