A method is proposed to measure the radiation damping rate const. based on the anal. of the nonexponential recovery of the magnetization after inversion. It is applicable when the recovery is dominated by radiation damping rather than by relaxation processes. The accurate measurement of the radiation damping rate const. can be used to simplify a recent method for the compensation of radiation damping effects during the application of selective pulses [Chen, Jerschow, and Bodenhausen, Chem. Phys. Lett. 308, 397(1999)]. This procedure can now be automated, as illustrated by applications to selective inversion and excitation. [on SciFinder (R)]