Lite Tech Service Update Regarding COVID-19

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.

Committed to Serving Your X-Ray Protection Needs

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lite Tech will continue to provide online sales at discounted prices. Credit cards are accepted online. If you need assistance with processing a purchase or would like to speak to a Lite Tech representative, we can be reached by phone 610-650-8690, or purchase orders can be faxed to 610-650-8694.

We’re fully committed to manufacturing high-quality X-ray protection apparel and accessories with the exceptional service we’re known for. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, we’ll update our information accordingly.  

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Thank You for Your Understanding and Service to Our Community

We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times and extend major thanks to you and your team as you continue to care for your patients.

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.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

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. Recent research shows that the global medical radiation shielding market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% from 2017 to 2022 to a value of $1,100 million.

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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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Female Radiation Shielding: Custom Lead-Free Women’s X-Ray Aprons and More

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.

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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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