Is direct exposure to radiation dangerous?
Yes, direct exposure to radiation is dangerous. There are several areas of the human body that are particularly sensitive to radiation and require strong protection during exposure. All professionals that work with or around X-ray technology should protect their chest, abdomen and lower limbs using aprons manufactured by certified providers. To ensure that you are using a quality provider, you should request a specification sheet on the core material within your apron. This is important as not all manufacturers produce their core material. They may purchase from the limited number of companies that manufacture the core material.
What are the differences between lead and lead-free aprons?
Lead-based protective apparel is made with lead, a hazardous material. Lead garments may emit particulate lead into a workspace environment and accumulate lead dust on garments and skin. Xenolite lead-free apparel is a combination of metals that offer equivalent protection to lead at specific kV ranges, where most procedures are performed. Unlike lead products, Xenolite lead-free products are lighter in weight and more flexible for greater mobility and job performance. They are also easily disposed and recycled.
What are lead-free aprons made with?
Xenolite lead-free aprons are made with a combination of attenuating elements that offer a more flexible, lightweight alternative to traditional lead materials. Unlike the competitors, Xenolite uses multiple attenuating elements (which include antimony, tungsten and bismuth) that protect at higher kVs.
Are lead-free aprons safe?
Yes, lead-free aprons are safe and are currently used throughout the world. They are designed to protect at specific kV ranges, where most procedures are performed, while offering the advantage of being lightweight and environmentally friendly. However, when working with extremely high kV levels, such as in nuclear medicine, only lead aprons can be used.
Who uses Xenolite X-ray garments and accessories?
Xenolite X-ray aprons, accessories and equipment are used by both healthcare providers and their patients when medical imaging is required for condition diagnosis and treatment. Doctors, nurses, technicians, assistants and the children and adult patients they serve in hospitals, labs and other healthcare facilities must keep themselves safe with X-ray garments, protective eyewear and other essential protection tools. Radiology, fluoroscopy and computed tomography exams are three medical imaging procedures that require X-ray protection. Most of the time, department managers will order supplies for their team members. Nurse managers, business managers, supply chain directors and contracts managers and directors are other leadership roles that may handle X-ray protection product purchasing, inventory and distribution to medical staff. Xenolite aprons are sold worldwide and are the most recognized brand. The important departments that benefit from the weight and protection that Xenolite offers include, but are not limited to, interventional radiology, interventional cardiology (cath labs) and operating rooms.
What type of X-ray protection do I need as a cardiologist?
Cardiologists and their support staff are typically exposed to radiation for longer periods of time where their backs may be exposed. In these cases, we recommend using any Xenolite product that offers front and back protection. The most popular design is the vest/skirt. The standard Vest and Skirt Apron offers better weight distribution between hips and shoulders and pockets for storing needed items. Radiation protective eyewear is also a must, and we offer several frame styles, colors and sizes for properly shielding the eyes.
What type of X-ray protection do I need as a GI nurse or technician?
Gastroenterologists, GI nurses and GI technicians require the same protection as cardiologists and should wear the standard Vest and Skirt Apron set for procedures that require back protection and frequent movement in the endoscopy lab. For those who don’t need back protection, an Adjustable Weight Apron, a front panel apron, would work best.
What type of X-ray protection do I need as an O.R. team member?
All operating room team members should wear appropriate radiation protection garments when diagnostic imaging is performed. Options we recommend for O.R. staff include the O.R. Quick Drop Apron and the Shoulder Release Apron. Wear either apron over scrubs or under the O.R. gown for fast removal that doesn’t break the sterile field after finished procedures.
Do you offer on-site X-ray protection training?
Our representatives in this industry are well versed in Xenolite’s advantages over the competition, which include independent testing results. However, what separates Xenolite from other X-ray apron providers is our vast knowledge about radiation protection. Our technical director, Martin Lilley, sits on the IEC committee, which sets the international standards for radiation protection, and is available by phone for any additional consultation.
What are the different protection levels for Xenolite X-ray aprons?
Xenolite garments are available in multiple grades of core protection materials, which come in three standard levels of protection: 0.5mm, 0.35mm and 0.25mm. However, as a manufacturer, the Xenolite grades of material can be made in many different lead equivalencies. You can learn more about the science behind Xenolite protection materials on the Our Science page.
What are Xenolite X-ray garments made with?
Xenolite’s patented lightweight, durable and environmentally friendly technology is a blend of varying attenuating elements. These are embedded in a thermoplastic elastomer.
Are Xenolite X-ray garments made in the USA?
Yes, all Xenolite materials are both manufactured and assembled in the USA at our plant in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
What are the inspection requirements for Xenolite X-ray garments?
We conduct a sieve analysis, or gradation test, to ensure the metal powder used in our sheet material meets the required specifications for long-term performance and flex-crack resistance. Each roll of sheet material is routinely sampled and examined for defects using a state-of-the-art X-ray machine. We maintain a “zero defects” quality assurance philosophy to ensure consistent high-quality finished garments. From a hospital standpoint, requirements will vary depending upon the facility. As a rule, garments should be checked annually. Most defects can occur from customer abuse due to cleaning procedures or external factors. It should be noted that Xenolite uses a patent polymer, which is the most durable in the industry, and Xenolite garments have not experienced premature cracking in over seven years since their new patented polymer was invented. (Please refer to our durability testing.)
What certifications does Xenolite maintain?
Xenolite maintains PPE certificates, FDA certificates and complies with (EU) 2016/425 regulations. Xenolite, which is the most tested brand in the world, meets all required standards and regulations.
Are Xenolite X-ray garments compliant with new EU standards?
Yes. Our radiation protection apparel is certified using the new (EU) 2016/425 BBG broad-beam test. Xenolite’s lead-free Strata+ (300 Series), leaded Strata Pb (200 Series) and EVAL (900 Series) attenuation materials are fully compliant with these standards. Please be advised that anyone claiming to meet the new standard should be posting their area weights on apron labels. These weights should match the weights on their test report for certification.
Are Xenolite X-ray garment components available separately for purchase?
Unlike most apron companies, Xenolite is only one of two core material manufacturers in the United States offering lead free material. Based on this, we can offer our core material, in roll form, to other apron companies.
Products & Options
Do you have a catalog with a full product list and pricing?
Yes, we have catalogs and pricing, which may vary throughout the world, depending on location.
Which products can be customized?
Xenolite leaded composite and lead-free aprons, as well as our protective eyewear products, can be customized. We maintain options for garment colors, fabrics, logos and monograms. Our eyewear also comes in various styles and colors. Upon request, we offer single, bifocal and progressive prescriptions.
What customization options do you offer for X-ray garments?
In addition to sizing and adjustments (length and armholes) for men and women, our X-ray garments are customizable in colors, fabrics and featured logos and monograms. We offer 28 patterns, 22 solid colors, 7 ripstop colors, 9 cleanable colors and more than 30 unique logo designs. You can also customize your apparel with company logos and monograms. Learn more about our customization options on our Customize Your Apron page.
How can I review and verify my options?
Contact your local representative or our customer service team at 1-800-647-5483.
How do I measure myself for X-ray garment sizing?
You can measure yourself or someone else for X-ray garments with a few quick measurements using a cloth measuring tape. It’s important to do so accurately as length and overlap are necessary to ensure proper protection. Measurements should be obtained while standing as straight as possible, looking straight ahead. Visit our Size Charts page to find US and metric sizing information and detailed video apron fitting instructions for finding the perfect fit.
Do you offer specialty sizes for aprons?
Yes, garments that are over a standard XXL can be manufactured but will require specific measurements of the chest, waist, hips and height. Please refer to our online sizing video.
X-Ray Garment Care
How should I store my X-ray garments?
The best storage method is hanging your apron on a hanger. However, if traveling with your apron, it is best to roll the apron and carry it in a Xenolite carry bag. Do not fold the garment. Over time, folding can cause cracks in the shielding material.
Do you have specific cleaning instructions for my X-ray garments?
Most dirt- and water-soluble stains can be wiped clean from aprons, vests and skirts with a cloth dipped in mild household dish soap that has been diluted in cold water. We offer more detailed cleaning dos and don’ts on our Apron Care page. If you still have questions about methods or a particularly tough spot, please do not hesitate to contact us for help at +1.610.650.8690 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There are very specific cleaning instructions for all radiation protection apparel. However, because Xenolite is vinyl-free, our materials are more compatible with most cleaning solutions. The competition’s materials, which are vinyl-based, are more susceptible to alcohol-based cleaners. It is best to follow the recommended cleaners listed on the Xenolite website.
What is the average lifetime of my lightweight composite X-ray garments?
Depending upon how aprons are cared for, the expected lifespan can be up to six years or more. Like tires on a car, the polymer that holds attenuating metals together will wear down over time. It should be noted that the patented Xenolite polymer will outperform any of the competition’s materials. (Please refer to our durability testing.)
Are my X-ray garments safe to dispose?
Unlike the competition, Xenolite lead-free X-ray protective apparel is eco-friendly, recyclable and safe for non-hazardous disposal. All Xenolite materials are vinyl-free.
Ordering & Shipping
How do I request a quote?
You can request a quote by providing us with more detail on your company, interested products and quantity in our Request a Quote form. You can also call or email us to get in touch with our customer service team at +1.610.650.8690 and email@example.com or contact your local Xenolite representative.
Where is shipping available?
Xenolite products ship throughout the United States via UPS ground (FOB Norristown, Pennsylvania), unless otherwise specified. Our products are sold in more than 24 countries, and we can offer international shipping through our distributors.
What payment methods do you accept?
All online orders require a credit card. Hospital POs are accepted as well as individual credit cards or checks.
How are taxes on my order calculated?
All taxes are state-specific.
Do you offer discounts on bulk orders?
When will I receive my order?
Xenolite X-ray aprons are custom-made. They are typically delivered within three to four weeks from order placement. This may vary based on order volume. Orders are shipped UPS ground unless otherwise noted and are delivered Monday through Friday except on major holidays. We recommend having someone available to sign for your order from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Is my order covered under warranty?
All Xenolite garments are covered under a three-year warranty. This is only for defects in core materials and workmanship. Damage due to customer mishandling is not covered. Some examples of damage from customer mishandling include melting from heat exposure, puncturing from sharp objects and submersion from cleaning.
How do I view my order history?
You can view your online order history by logging into your account in the top navigation menu on our website.
How do I get help with an order issue?
How do I cancel my order?
Orders can only be canceled prior to production as they are all custom-made. If you wish to cancel an order, please contact customer service within 24 hours of purchase.
What is your return policy?
All returns require prior authorization, which can be obtained by contacting customer service. Products available exclusively for online purchase through our website are final sale. We do not offer refunds or exchanges for these online products.