From Design and Development of Medical Electronic Instrumentation

Susceptibility to Conducted Electromagnetic Interference

EMI susceptibility tests for medical devices conducted according to IEC-61000-4-6
involve injecting RF voltages onto the power line and bulk RF currents into other signal
cables. A current probe is clamped around the entire cable bundle, and radio-frequency

Warning!   This is a dangerous device! It produces high voltages that can cause very painful or lethal electrical shocks. In operation, the spark gap produces significant levels of ultraviolet radiation, which must be shielded to prevent eye damage. In addition, spark discharges can ignite flammable or volatile atmospheres. Finally, the EMI levels generated by this circuit are certainly above what the FCC likes to see dumped into the atmosphere. Thus, this generator should only be operated inside a properly shielded room.

Figure 4.24 In this experimental wideband generator, a push-pull oscillator drives a TV flyback to produce 15 to 20 kV dc. This high voltage is used to charge two transmission line capacitors, Z1 and Z2, which are etched on a double-sided PCB.

energy is injected. The frequency range for immunity tests is 150 kHz to 80 MHz, and the
injected RF has an amplitude of 3 V. Figure 4.26 shows a typical test setup. The device
under test is placed in the approximate center and 10 cm above a reference ground plane,
and is powered and operated in a normal configuration. Injection of RF into the ac power
leads is performed with the coupling network shown in Figure 4.27. Testing of signal input
leads is performed via a current clamp on the leads.

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