Reasons To Choose Medi-Ray Plastic Encased Lead Packaging

Medi-Ray provides exterior plastic encasements for lead packaging in numerous shapes and sizes and with a wide variety of plastic encasements. We have been the largest supplier of radio-pharmaceutical shipping containers since 1974. Contact us today for a comprehensive line of plastic encased lead packaging shipping containers. Call 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740 or email sales@mediray.com.


Reasons To Choose Medi-Ray Plastic Encased Lead Packaging

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Myths about Radiation

Radiology is the science of dealing with X-rays and other high-energy radiation. It has been shown to be of major importance to modern medicine and plays an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases and conditions. Despite radiology being used to help treat many patients, there are still some myths about the dangers and risks of being exposed to radiation. Read below to learn about some common myths concerning exposure to radiation.

Myths About Radiation Debunked: 

  • Exposure to radiation is not safe and may cause side effects.

People are continuously exposed to different forms of radiation every day, including when breathing in air or eating food. Radiation in medication, electricity generation and many other applications has extended and saved many lives. A study done by the United Nations Scientific Committee has shown that the risk associated with low-dose radiation from natural and man-made sources is extremely small. Also during X-Rays, MRIs, and other radiology scans, the small levels of radiation that a patient is exposed to will not cause side effects.  

  • Radiology scans are not safe for a pregnant woman.

There has been no proof of physical harm being done to a fetus from an ultrasound. A 3D scanner does not use stronger sound waves or produce more heat than a 2D scan, so it is considered just as safe for infants. Also, 3D scans are more accurate in detecting certain physical abnormalities. 

  • Radiation treatment will cause cancer.

Although this may not be a myth, the chances of receiving cancer from radiation treatment are very low. It is, however, important for doctors to consider the risk of causing new cancer in the context of the potential gain from treatment. The possibility that therapeutic radiation would lead to a new cancer is exceedingly small and depends on a number of factors, including age at the time of treatment, the region of the body treated, and the dose received. Medicine and research will continue to progress as will the use of radiation treatment for different types of cancer. 

At Medi-Ray we focus on creating medical and laboratory instruments that meet the needs of our customers. By utilizing lead castings, sheet lead and lead foil we develop clinic, laboratory, and medical products that are user-friendly. Medi-Ray understands the importance of using equipment made with lead to protect against harmful radiation. At Medi-Ray we specialize in lead metal technology. We make lead products that are used in medical equipment and lab accessories that shield against radiation.

Properties and Uses of Lead Shielding

Properties and Uses of Lead Shielding

Lead is highly effective in providing protection from various sources of radiation. It is used as the primary material for radiation shielding. Its high density makes it one of the preferred materials for high energy radiation applications like x-rays, gamma rays and other nuclear radiation.

Since lead has an extremely low level of neutron absorption and practically no gamma radiation, it cannot become radioactive. Even after long exposure to neutrons, lead emits an insignificant amount of radiation due to activation.

Lead may not be the densest metal, but it is the standard used in radiation shielding because it is readily available, easily fabricated and its cost is lower than other high density materials.

Properties of Lead for Radiation Shielding

Lead is an excellent shielding material because of its following properties:

  • It has high density
  • It has a high atomic number
  • It has a high level of stability
  • It is easy to fabricate
  • It has a high degree of flexibility in application
  • It is readily available

Lead is primarily used as a radiation shield for:

  • Containers for radioactive materials
  • X-ray machines
  • Nuclear plants
  • Laboratories
  • Military equipment

Personal shielding includes:

  • Lead aprons
  • Thyroid shields
  • Lead gloves

Medi-RayTM, Inc.

Medi-RayTM has been providing customers with over 35 years of metallurgy expertise in custom and precision lead shielding products produced with proprietary equipment. For all your radiation shielding needs, call us at 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740 or email us at sales@mediray.com.

Types of Radiation Shielding Materials

Types of Radiation Shielding Materials

Radiation shielding materials are used in a variety of radiologic applications. Using radiation in diagnosing and treating patients has significantly advanced the field of medicine and saved or extended countless lives. Radiation, however, comes with risks. Those who use radiation must be adequately trained in radiation safety, radiation physics, the biologic effects of radiation and injury prevention to ensure patient safety. Lead shielding is often used in a variety of applications including diagnostic imaging, radiation therapy, and nuclear and industrial shielding.

Lead Electrolytic Shielding

Lead is a soft, malleable and corrosion-resistant material. The high density of lead makes it a useful shield against X-ray and gamma-ray radiation. Lead, in its pure form, is brittle and cannot be worn as apparel. To transform pure lead into a wearable radiation shielding material, it is mixed with binders and additives to make a flexible lead vinyl sheet. The lead sheets are then layered to the desired thickness to achieve the required lead equivalency and incorporated into the radiation shielding garment.

Lead Composite Shielding

Lead composite shielding is a mixture of lead and other lighter weight metals. These lead-based composite blends are a proprietary mixture of lead and other heavy metals that attenuate radiation. Lead-based composite blend radiation shielding garments are lighter than regular grade lead, and are available with the same lead equivalency protection levels.

Non-Lead or Lead Free Shielding

Non-lead and lead-free shielding materials offer the same protection levels as lead-based composite shielding. Non-lead shielding materials are manufactured with additives and binders mixed with attenuating heavy metals and fall into the same category of materials as lead that also absorbs or blocks radiation. These metals include tin, antimony, tungsten, bismuth and other elements.

These core radiation shielding material options have their own unique benefits and features. There are several factors you will want to consider when choosing your shielding option, like the specific procedure being performed, the length of the procedure and its frequency.

Medi-RayTM, Inc.

Whether you are shielding radioactive materials, X-Ray, CT, MRI or PET scanning equipment, or the rooms that house them, Medi-Ray has the shielding components you need: sheet lead and foils, adhesive backed and coated lead materials, and custom components and lead stampings. Medi-RayTM has been providing customers with over 35 years of metallurgy expertise in custom and precision lead products produced by proprietary equipment. For all your radiation shielding needs, call us at 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740 or email us at sales@mediray.com.