3 Factors To Consider When Selecting Radiation Shielding Garments For Your Medical Staff

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.

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Lead Aprons Are a Lead Exposure Hazard [Article Summary]  

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.

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Radiation Protection by Practice Type: A Buyer’s Guide

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.

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How To Clean Your Lead Free X-Ray Apron

For many radiologic technologists, MRI technologists and radiologists, radiation shielding gear is a critical and daily necessity. But like any garments you wear on a regular basis – they get dirty.

For lead and non-lead aprons, vest and skirts, you should be aware of the best ways to sanitize them from sweat, blood, iodine and typical dust and dirt.

Our standard recommendations for apron care can be found here – and although we are confident in the information we provide to our customers, we wanted to put our advice to the test by experimenting with our care methods and analyzing the results.

The Experiment

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Radiation Risks and Shielding Protection

Radiation is defined as electromagnetic waves or highly charged particles that cause ionization. Radiologists and radiologic technologists work with radiation every day to help treat cancer patients, perform x-rays and conduct MRIs.

Radiation is a necessary part of the medical image and oncology industries, but needs to be handled with care.

High doses of radiation can be dangerous to our health, but some parts of the body are more susceptible than others. For those that work with radiation on a regular basis, it’s important to know how to best shield yourself from the negative effects of radiation as well as what factors put you at an elevated risk. Continue reading

Lead vs. Lead-Free Radiation Protection Products: What’s the Difference?

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. More radiation therapy and diagnostic exams begets the need for more radiology professionals. Currently, there are about 45,000 radiologists and 194,000 radiologic technicians in the United States — and that total is expected to increase 9% by 2024, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

For these professionals, personal safety and the safety of their patients is of the utmost importance. Shielding and radiation protection products are highly valued in the global health marketplace. The medical radiation shielding market currently accounts for 989.2 billion and is expected to increase to 1,350 billion by 2021. The domineering segment of the market for 2016 is MRI shielding . So what does this extensive industry have to offer professionals and patients? For starters, it produces a variety of equipment, garments and protective gear that ensures minimal exposure to radiation.

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