Lead Shielding for Radiation Protection

Lead Shielding for Radiation Protection

Many applications require radiation shielding to protect workers and members of the public from harmful radiation. Lead provides effective radiation shielding against gamma rays and x-rays because of its high molecular density, high atomic number and high level of stability. It can be used for installing radiation shielding in medical facilities, as well as research facilities in industries, universities or in the military. Lead shielding products are available in various forms to suit different applications.

  1. Lead bricks
  2. Lead bricks are used where maximum protection is required. Interlocking lead bricks provide maximum radiation shielding due to its tongue and groove design. They are made in different sizes, thicknesses and shapes. Lead bricks are ideal for adding radiation shielding to existing rooms. However, lead bricks can be customized in a new construction to reduce wall or ceiling thickness in order to save space. Lead bricks are often mounted to steel frames or other structures such as lead-lined cabinets for increased structural integrity. They do not require mortar or other additional shielding materials. Apart from radiation shielding, lead brick is also used in radioactive isotope creation, counterbalances and ballast weights.

  3. Lead plates
  4. Lead plates can be used for radiation shielding on walls, window frames and doors. It can also be used as a sound barrier. Lead plates are manufactured to consistent standards in a variety of thicknesses and sizes, and can also be made in custom sizes and shapes.

  5. Lead foil
  6. This is a form of sheet lead that can be easily cut, bent and shaped for use in many applications. It is commonly used in the construction of walls, doors and frames. The lead sheet can also be installed on lead-lined walls to stop radiation leakage from cut-outs and penetrations.

  7. Lead glass
  8. High density lead glass provides protection in areas where both radiation shielding and a clear view are necessary for the diagnostic or manufacturing activities involved. It can be installed on walls, window or doors. Lead glass is installed on lead-lined frames.

  9. Lead wool
  10. Lead wool consists of thin strands of lead. It is used as a caulk to seal joints between lead and steel fittings.

  11. Lead powder
  12. Lead Powder is placed within plastic sheets in some protective clothing such as lead aprons.

  13. Lead clothing
  14. Lead clothing provides protective clothing for workers whenever there is a need for radiation shielding. Lead clothing shielding comes in many forms including lead aprons, lead thyroid shields, lead-lined gloves, and eyewear containing leaded glass, lead sleeves and moveable lead shields. Protective clothing should conform to requirements specified by the National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP).

Contact Medi-RayTM, Inc. for effective radiation shielding.

Medi-RayTM, Inc. produces a wide range of lead materials for the shielding of nuclear medicine facilities and x-ray rooms. Contact our consultants at 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740 or fax us at 914-337-4620. You can also email us at sales@mediray.com.

Lead Extrusion

Lead Extrusion

Lead extrusion is the process of creating an object through a die of the desired cross section. It has the ability to create very complex cross sections and to work materials that are brittle because the material only encounters compressive and shear stresses.

Pure Lead Products produce lead extrusions in your desired length, width and shape. Extrusions are produced by using hydraulic pressure to force lead through a die. In this type of process, you can produce an end product in your desired shape. This allows you to customize everything from lead wire to heavy lead bars in your exact specifications.

Applications of Lead Extrusion:

  • It can produce an object with very complex cross sections.
  • In a vertical extrusion process, molten lead may also be used in place of billets. Large tubes of up to 300 mm in lead alloys can be extruded over liquid metal.
  • Lead and lead/tin pipes, pressure tubes (copper lead) and cable sheathing are typical products and applications.

Medi-RayTM, Inc. provides customers with over 35 years of metallurgy expertise in producing custom and precision lead products using proprietary equipment. Our entire operation accomplishes metal fabrication in an environmentally friendly facility. To speak to our consultant, contact us at 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740 or email us at sales@mediray.com.