Lead Recycling at Medi-Ray Inc

Lead is an easy material to recycle! Lead is a corrosion-resistant, dense and fairly soft mineral that has been in use for over 5,000 years. It is a nonferrous metal, which means it can be re-melted and reused by man an infinite number of times.

Over 50% of lead consumed is derived from recycled or reused material, and it is estimated that at least 85% of lead consumed could potentially be recycled.
Producing lead from ore, the naturally occurring solid material found in the earth, requires much more energy than producing recycled lead. (Recycling lead requires 35-40% of the energy needed to produce lead from ore.) Using recycled lead results in less solid waste, uses less energy and reduces the consumption of mineral resources.

About 1.2 million metric tons of lead is recycled in the United States every year. (A metric ton is about 2,200 pounds.)

Here at Medi-Ray, if you bring us your used Medi-Ray lead products, we will recycle them for you.
We’ve been developing this environmentally sound, recycling capability for over thirty years. This is one reason that Medi-Ray Inc has become a leader in ecologically compliant operations, in safeguarding the public, in guaranteeing the proper handling of used lead products and making it cost effective for our customers.

Medi-Ray – Leader in Lead Technology

Lead Radiation Shielding

Lead Radiation Shielding

Radiation has wide ranging uses in day-to-day life. In medicine, there are many uses for radiation like x-ray, mammography, computerized tomography (CT), cardiology and nuclear medicine. Treatment of disease or cancer by chemotherapy uses radiation.
The wide ranging use of radiation in medicine poses the challenge of shielding radiation exposure to parts of the body other than where where it is intended. Also, doctors, relatives and friends of patients or others who have to be associated with the place where radiation is exposed or radioactive materials are stored or transported need to be protected as well.

Lead Shielding
Lead has long been recognized as a highly effective material in providing protection from various sources of radiation, and as such, has become a standard in the design of radiation protection systems. Lead shielding refers to the use of lead to shield people or objects from unintended radiation. Lead can effectively contain certain kinds of radiation because of its high density and high atomic number; principally, it is effective at stopping alpha rays, gamma rays, and x-rays.

Why Does Lead Work for Radiation Shielding?
Lead has high density, a result of the combination of its high atomic mass and the relatively small size of its bond lengths and atomic radius. The high atomic mass means that more electrons are needed to maintain a neutral charge and the small bond length and a small atomic radius means that many atoms can be packed into a particular lead structure. Because of lead’s density and large number of electrons, it is well suited for scattering x-rays and gamma-rays. These rays form photons, a type of boson, which impart energy onto electrons when they come into contact.
Lead is used for shielding in
•    X-ray machines
•    Nuclear power plants
•    Labs using radioactive materials
•    Hospitals

There are also a variety of shielding products used to protect people, shield equipment and experiments, such as:

•    lead aprons
•    thyroid shields
•    lead gloves
•    lead bricks
•    leaded glass
•    leaded glass sheets
•    lead clad building material
•    lead laminated panels
•    lead sheets
•    lead foils

Summary:
•    Lead has long been recognized as a highly effective material in providing protection from various sources of radiation, and as such, has become a standard in the design of radiation protection systems. Lead shielding refers to the use of lead to shield people or objects from unintended radiation.