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The Importance of X Ray Lead Shields for Medical Staff

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The Importance of X Ray Lead Shields for Medical Staff

People working in imaging facilities in the healthcare industry, including in dental offices, are exposed to radiation as part of their daily work. Choosing the correct X ray lead shields, including wearable items and protective structures in the rooms to prevent exposure to scatter radiation is critical to their health and safety.

There are many different options when it comes to X ray lead shields for use in any type of medical or dental office. The most protective option is lead, which is used in both aprons and other personal protective equipment as well as in the construction of booths or walls to protect the medical and dental staff from constant exposure.

It is also possible to use composite core types of wearable shielding materials, which are made from lead and a mixture of other materials. There are also lead-free options, but these are usually only used with a low level of radiation, typically under 130 kVp.

Mobility Considerations

Pure lead types of wearable X ray lead shields are heavier than the composite core and lead-free options, but it also provides the best possible protection. Often, to overcome the weight of this type of shielding, booths or walls are used to shield the technician during the imaging process.

The walls or booths can be made of lead-lined gypsum or plywood, or even constructed with lead sheet or plate. This provides full protection for the staff while also eliminating the need for the additional aprons and protective gear.

With lead-lined glass and window frames, the entire area can be fully protected, eliminating exposure to scatter radiation produced by X ray equipment. Patients can be protected using lead aprons and blankets, with the specific types of protection dictated by the type of radiation in use.

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