Protecting Your Eyes from Radiation

For medical professionals working in hospitals, dental practices, X-ray labs, and other facilities, exposure to radiation can be a regular occurrence, making adequate radiation protection equipment critical. Studies show that repeated exposure to radiation can permanently damage the iris, retinal blood vessels, and other areas of the eye. When exposed to radiation, the risk of developing cataracts greatly increases.

If your facility requires radiation protection apparel, radiation protection eyewear should also be included.

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The Truth About Lead Aprons During Pregnancy

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.

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

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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

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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.

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