Considerations For Radiation Shielding For Medical Facilities

by | Dec 7, 2017 | business services

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For x-ray and imaging departments or rooms in clinics and hospital facilities, having the correct radiation shield in place is critical for the safety of both people as well as equipment.

Each type of medical imaging uses different levels and magnitudes of radiation. Having all radiation shielding in place at or above the recommended standards will be critical to providing this safety. While the first priority for this type of material is always to product people, there is also the need to prevent sensitive laboratory and diagnostic equipment from exposure to radiation that can be destructive.

Large Systems

For large areas, lead bricks are often used to create structural components that double to prevent any loss of radiation from designated areas. These bricks can be interlocking for permanent installation, or they can be designed to be moved and configured as needed.

Sheet and plate made of lead can also be used in large areas. This plate or sheet can be ordered to specific thicknesses, lengths, and widths. This makes it easy to pre-order the radiation shielding and then apply it to the specific areas in the facility.

Building Materials

For a lighter weight option that offers a structural component as well, lead lined gypsum and plywood are available. This is made by providing a lead sheet affixed to gypsum or drywall or to plywood.

To connect the material to the walls or ceilings, lead batten strips are used to allow for complete and safe attachment.

Glass and Frames

In x-ray and imaging rooms in hospitals and clinics, leaded x-ray glass and frames are an essential part of radiation shielding. This ensures the complete area is designed to eliminate the passage of radiation from the imaging room to other adjoining areas of the facility.

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