Lead Shielding And The Medical Industry

For many years it has been thought that lead is a very dangerous material that should be avoided or removed from peoples’ homes. Nobody ever expected that lead would be used for something good, something that could save lives. Today lead is used to make protective shields. Lead shielding has many uses in a variety of different industries. However, its most common and important purpose is to create a protective shield for patients undergoing X-Ray testing or radiation treatment. If you or someone you know is in need of lead shielding, or is interested in learning more about it, contact Medi-Ray™ today. We have the professional knowledge and experience to make sure that our customers are completely satisfied with their safety material.

Due to lead’s high density, it is the perfect material for blocking gamma rays and x-rays that can be harmful to the body, as they can tamper with DNA and even cause cancer. However, with the protection of lead shielding, harmful rays are absorbed in the lead and never even make it to the body.

Lead shielding comes in many forms, shapes and sizes. For example, lead shielding can be found in the form of an apron for patients to wear in an x- ray testing room, to cover sensitive organs in the body. Lead shielding can also be found in the laboratory itself, in structures such as walls comprised of lead bricks, as well as thick containers with a lead base, used for transporting hazardous radioactive materials.

If you or someone you know is in need of lead shielding or would like to learn more about it, contact Medi-Ray™ today. Our experienced team of professionals will stop at nothing to make sure that our customers are satisfied and that all their needs are met.

 

Medical Isotope Generators Are Essential for Nuclear Medicine Market

In the nuclear medicine market medical isotope generators are used to produce many regular used imaging isotopes. Gallium-68 and Technetium-99 generators are extremely radioactive and need to provide shielding, which is generally composed of either lead or tungsten. Without proper shielding these radioactive generators cannot be shipped or used in their applications.

Which Metals Are The Best Shielding Solutions

Radioactive generators require shielding, which is usually composed of either lead, tungsten or a combination of both metals to provide the best shielding solutions.

Tungsten, Lead or a Combination?

  • Density wise, tungsten has a higher density than lead. Lead has a density of 11.34 g/cc; tungsten has a density of 17.3 g/cc.
  • The cost of tungsten is around 25 times the price of lead because of the material difference and the processing needed.
  • Tungsten is a tougher shield than lead.
  • A hybrid or a combination of both the metals along with some other materials is the best option, as they prove to be more functional and produce cost effective results.

Are you looking for quality shielding of medical isotope generators? Contact Us!

If you are in need of a shielding container or generator shield for nuclear medicine material and are looking for quality shielding of medical isotope generators, call Mediray, Inc at 877-898-3003/914-979-2740 or email:sales@mediray.com.

 

Counterweights

Overview

Counterweights are required in many types of equipment to allow the system to work properly. They can be simple steel plates or can be designed with complex geometrics because of the compartments in which they need to be placed. There are many factors that need to be considered when you are designing a product that requires counterweights.

  • How much counterweight will you need?
  • Is the counterweight going to be a freestanding part or will it be inside a compartment as one assembly?
  • How much space does the application have?
  • Are there benefits to reduce the space or size of the counterweight?
  • What are the mechanical properties needed of the counterweight and what environment is it going into?
  • Are there benefits to add more weight to the counterweight compartment?
  • Will the counterweight(s) need to be removed or will trim balancing be needed?

Counterweight Options

There are many options for counterweight designs in geometry and material. Although steel is a good option, in many instances it alone cannot attain the goals, so other metals such as lead must be used. Lead is 31% more dense than steel.

Lead Counterweights- A Good Option

Since lead melts at a relatively low temperature, it allows for steel shells or other components to be filled. It can also be cast into shapes that allow it to be poured into a tool providing a lead weight that can be installed into a specific geometry. Lead counterweights can be powder coated or painted to cover the lead for handling purposes.

Counterweight Applications

Counterweights are used in:

  • Medical equipment
  • Bridge counterweights
  • Aerospace
  • Rotating products
  • Industrial applications
  • Fork Trucks & Lifts
  • Bridge Weights
  • Elevator Weights
  • Sonar Weights

Call Mediray, Inc. at 877-898-3003/914-979-2740

Mediray is the leading supplier of counterweights. If you would like to order counterweights from Mediray, call us at 877-898-3003/914-979-2740 or email: sales@mediray.com.

 

How to Protect Yourself from Radiation

With the increase in nuclear energy used in industrial development, and research and technology, the danger of exposure to radiation is a concern. Due to its life span and the ability to sustain, radioactive ions cannot be completely destroyed. As such treatment or cure due to exposure is almost an impossible task. The only way to treat radioactive exposure is through protective measures and some medicines. Mentioned below are a few measures one can adopt to minimize the effect of radioactive exposure.

Time: Exposure to radiation can be minimized by reducing the time spent near the source or substances.

Distance: Keeping distance from the radioactive source is a simple way to minimize the effect of exposure. Instead of handling a radioactive source with the hands, it is advisable to use forceps.

Shielding: Radiation shielding usually refers to shielding of bodily tissues against the penetration of radioactive rays. These shields are often termed as biological shields, as they provide a barrier between the radioactive source and the human body. It is a mass of absorbing material placed around the radioactive source or a reactor to minimize the radiation level. In order to prevent radiation, it is necessary that the absorbing materials are built and placed as per industry compliance and measures. Using a “lead glass screen” and wearing “lead aprons” is another safe way to prevent exposure.

Medicines: Potassium Iodide (KI) and Prophylaxis are medicines to combat sickness due to radiation exposure. Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets are commonly kept in stock in nuclear power plants for rapid distribution. Potassium Iodide (KI) and Prophylaxis are easily available in any pharmacy and can be taken as per the dosage prescribed by a doctor. It is advised to take the medicine within three hours of exposure to radiation for better effect; however one may take within 10 hrs, but it can be less effective.

Contact Medi-RayTM

To know more about radiation, contact Medi-RayTM today. Medi-RayTM is devoted to innovation in lead metal technology. We have a staff of leading professionals representing the entire spectrum of metallurgy, radiation physics and environmental engineering. Call us at our toll free number 1-877-898-3003. You can also email at sales@mediray.com or leave a message in our contact us page.

 

Lead Shipping Containers

Lead shipping containers are used for a variety of reasons. For instance, they are used to transport radioactive materials, to meet DOT compliance and transportation safety needs with a wide variety of proprietary coatings, plastic encasements and specialized linings in numerous shapes and sizes.

Medi-RayTM offers a comprehensive line of lead shipping containers for all your shipping needs. Medi-RayTM has been the largest supplier of radio-pharmaceutical shipping containers since 1974. In over 30 years of product development, Medi-RayTM has revolutionized the design and production of every type of shielded medical containers.

Un-Coated Lead Containers

Un-Coated Lead Containers

Medi-RayTM will fabricate uncoated containers and products which can be assembled into plastic or metal interior and exterior shells or forms. Custom pouring of lead into a customer supplied form is accommodated with shipment back to the customer within 24 hours.

Plastic Encased Lead Packaging

Plastic Encased Lead Packaging

Medi-RayTM can provide exterior plastic encasements customized to the customer’s exact dimensions and colors. These containers have interlocking plastic lids and bases, with corporate logos and product identification symbols as part of the plastic encasement.

Coated Lead Packaging

coated lead containers
The coated lead containers utilized for radiopharmaceuticals normally have interlocking lid/base designs and can come equipped with bottle sponges and desiccant liners. The proprietary coatings utilized by Medi-RayTM guarantee adhesion with no cracking or chipping as are so often found with other companies’ products.