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Gallery: Cell phones with the highest radiation levels

Every cell phone sold in the U.S. has a rating that measures the amount of RF energy that is absorbed by the body. Here are the 20 phones with the most.

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Topic: Telcos
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Emissions from a cell phone in the U.S., Europe and Canada must be measured and fall below published guidelines before it can be put up for sale. Specific absorption rate, or SAR, is "a way of measuring the quantity of radio frequency (RF) energy that is absorbed by the body," according to the CTIA.

The U.S. and Canada require a SAR rating below a maximum of 1.6 watts per kilogram while Europe will certify a phone with a SAR level below 2 watts per kilogram.

Here are the phones on the market in the U.S. with the 20 highest SAR levels. This does not mean that these phones are harmful - reasearch is plentiful but contradictory - so use your best judgement.

Tied at No. 18 is the BlackBerry Bold 9650 from Verizon with a SAR level of 1.43. (review)

To see the top 20 cell phones with the lowest radiation levels, check out this gallery.

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Tied at No. 18 is the BlackBerry Tour 9630 from Verizon with a SAR level of 1.43. (review)

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Also tied at No. 18 is the Motorola Droid X with a SAR level of 1.43. (review)

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At 17 is the Motorola Stature i9 with a SAR level of 1.44. (review)

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Tied at No. 15 is the Motorola i576 with a SAR level of 1.45. (review)

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Also at 15 is a Virgin Mobile phone, the Kyocera X-tc with a SAR of 1.45. (review)

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At 14 is the Kyocera Wild Card M1000 from Virgin Mobile with a SAR level of 1.46. (review)

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At 13, is Verizon's LG Chocolate Touch with a SAR level of 1.47. (review)

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No. 12 is the HTC Desire - a U.S. Cellular Android model with a SAR level of 1.48. (review)

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Tied at No. 9 is the Motorola Droid 2 with a SAR level of 1.49. (review)

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Also at No. 9 is the original Motorola Droid with a SAR level of 1.49. (review)

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At 9 is the Sprint Sanyo Vero with a 1.49 SAR level. (review)

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The LG Rumor 2 comes in at No. 8 with its SAR level of 1.51. (review)

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Tied at No. 5 is the Salute from China-based ZTE. It's a Verizon phone with a SAR level of 1.52. (review)

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Also at No. 5 is the Motorola Grasp from U.S. Cellular with a SAR level of 1.52. (review)

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Also at 5 is T-Mobile's Motorola Defy with a SAR level of 1.52. (review)

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At 4 is the Motorola i335 from Nextel with a 1.53 SAR level. (review)

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At No. 3 is the Kyocera Jax S1300 from Virgin Mobile with a SAR level of 1.55. (review)

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Coming in at No. 2 is the Sony Ericcson Xperia X10 Mini Pro from AT&T with a SAR level of 1.55. (review)

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And the phone with the highest SAR rating sold in the U.S. is the Sony Ericcson Satio from Idou with a SAR level of 1.56. (review)

Here is the full list from CNET Reviews.

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