Patients who are pregnant and must undergo a radiology procedure commonly have to wear a lead apron for pregnancy, and concerns about whether lead aprons offer enough protection for their babies. Medical professionals who are pregnant have similar questions about the equipment they wear and want to be sure they have the most effective tools to protect their unborn children from harmful radiation.
From dental practices to radiology offices to hospitals around the world, specialists who operate non-invasive diagnostic equipment must be diligent about protecting themselves and patients from radiation exposure. Lead and lead-free aprons offer complete protection to the user and make procedures extremely safe, but overused or damaged aprons pose a health risk to wearers and must be replaced ASAP. If that’s you, download our Guide: Choose the X-Ray Protection Apron That’s Right for You to find the ideal aprons for your unique needs right away.
If you’re not facing an immediate X-ray apron need, continue reading to better understand how often lead and lead-free X-ray aprons last and tips for inspecting wear.
At Lite Tech, we understand the importance of dependable protective medical equipment. Our top priority is the health and safety of our employees, our clients, and the medical personnel who rely on Xenolite products for protection during these trying times. We’re committed to continued service with a complete range of X-ray and radiology PPE, including XenoLite lead-free aprons, protective shields, and glasses.
In the world of medicine, radiology is on the rise. According to a report by MarketsandMarkets, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy are increasingly being used to diagnose and treat illnesses, in addition to a rise in cancer treatments throughout North America.1 More radiation therapy and diagnostic exams begets the need for more radiology professionals. In 2018, there were about 250,000 radiologic and MRI technologists in the United States. By 2028, the number of radiologic technologists is set to grow 9 percent and the number of MRI technologists is set to grow 11 percent.2
The use of radiation in multiple fields of medicine and healthcare can be a powerful component of a treatment plan, providing insight and procedure options that would otherwise be unavailable. Fluoroscopy, oncology and dentistry all rely on radiation to perform key functions that benefit their practices and aid in the treatment plans of their patients.
Though it plays a critical role in a handful of advanced procedures, radiation is still a hazardous emission of energy; improper or unprotected use of medical radiation technology can cause adversely harmful health effects to patients and healthcare professionals. Ensure the continued use of protective technology and clothing for patients during radiation-based treatments as well as for the technicians and healthcare professionals who administer the procedures with proper radiation shielding protection.
While multiples tests and studies have been conducted about the general safety of lead shielding aprons and clothing, testing has seldom been conducted to evaluate the presence of harmful lead dust on the exterior surfaces of the shielding itself. Bending, improper storage and deterioration of exterior apron material can all result in the production of lead dust as well as improper shielding from ionized bursts of radiation for patients and healthcare professionals.
Introducing the first Bi-Layer material to meet the new I.E.C. standard (IEC 61331:2014, ADOPTED FOR PPE/CE LABEL, SEPT 2016), based on the lab guidance note from July, 2016 and adopted by the Notified Bodies in September, 2016.
The new Xenolite Strata + (300 series) has passed all testing to the stringent, new, European standard (PTB-Braunschweig, Germany).
Radiation protection is paramount to the health and safety of medical professionals, ranging from doctors and nurses to medical attendants and hospital support staff. While radiation protection is vital, it’s important to do your homework on the products available for radiation shielding. Unfortunately, not all radiation protection is made equal.
Whether we realize it or not, every day we’re exposed to radiation. Although it varies depending on which part of the world you live in or what type of work environment you’re exposed to, a level of background radiation is always present.
Natural sources of radiation include cosmic rays originating from space and radon gas emitted from the Earth’s surface. These natural sources of radiation, however, are not solely responsible for all radiation exposure. In radiology, the biggest source of man-made radiation exposure originates from CT scanning. Women are generally more susceptible to the harmful effects of radiation, so it’s especially important for hospital staff to ensure that the proper equipment is provided to female radiation professionals.
In this blog, we’re taking a closer look at how X-ray radiation affects female radiation professionals and the unique protective needs of pregnant X-ray technicians, nurses, and physicians.
Shopping can be challenging when you’re investing in new supplies for your department or practice, especially considering the wide range of lead free radiation shielding products there are to choose from.
Xenolite offers multiple categories of radiation protection, including aprons, vest and skirt combinations, eyewear and other accessories – and decided to make the selection process easier by specifying some popular modalities and the gear that people seem to find most useful.