TETRA mobile radios interfere with electroencephalography recording equipment

Nathalie Fouquet, Malcolm B. Hawken, Paul Elliott, Adrian P. Burgess

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We observed an anomaly in the human electroencephalogram (EEG) associated with exposure to terrestrial trunked radio (TETRA) Radiofrequency Fields (RF). Here, we characterize the time and frequency components of the anomaly and demonstrate that it is an artefact caused by TETRA RF interfering with the EEG recording equipment and not by any direct or indirect effect on the brain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1688–1691
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Engineering and Physics
Issue number11
Early online date16 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Medical engineering and physics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Fouquet, NC, Hawken, MB, Elliott, P & Burgess, AP, 'TETRA mobile radios interfere with electroencephalography recording equipment' Medical engineering and physics, vol In Press, Corrected Proof (2013) DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.medengphy.2013.04.009


  • terrestrial trunked radio
  • electroencephalography
  • radio waves/adverse effects
  • telecommunications/instrumentation


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