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.
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.
The Science Behind Protection
First with the Concept of Bi-Layer Technology
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.
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.
Lite Tech is your single source for radiation shielding materials, from aprons and vests to protective eyewear and storage solutions.
But how can you be sure that Lite Tech’s products are the safest and most effective on the market?
Consider this break down of our quality assurance process to put your mind and wallet at ease.
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.
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