Medi-Ray™ is the hallmark of radiation safety, shielding solutions and counterweight design.Throughout Medi-Ray™‘s existence, the company has produced numerous precision lead syringe shield designs that incorporate plastic security interior and exterior components. Syringe shields undergo intensive quality control procedures, including unit weight, destructive testing, proprietary porosity examination and functionality reviews.
All medical diagnostic devices that use radiation require that the device be placed in a shielding to protect the machine operator and others who may be nearby from the radiation. Lead is used to shield these radiation equipment which allow safe radiation imaging. Also, the containers of nuclear medicines and other equipment are shielded with lead to ensure safety of people around.
When it comes to providing radiation shielding from every day used devices such as medical / X-ray and airport detection devices the best choice is using lead as shielding material. Lead has proven to be the most economic and effective material for protecting humans from radiation producing devices.
Lead shielding refers to the use of lead to shield or protect people or objects from radiation. Because of its high density and high atomic number, lead can effectively fade certain kinds of radiation. Lead containers are designed for the storage and shipment of radioactive materials. In most of the cases, outer dimensions and appearance are almost same; the difference lies in the thickness of lead shielding.
Medi-Ray fabricates lead containers for radioactive pharmaceuticals, nuclear applications, radioactive source storage, and waste containers. All containers feature interlocking component designs that guarantee no radiation leakage and provide safety during handling and transport. From outside, these containers are plastics shelled, that protects you from physically touching lead, which is a toxic metal. Medi-Ray can design and manufacture these lead shielding containers in multiple sizes that can accommodate hundreds of lead wall thicknesses, cover designs, and locking mechanisms.
These lead shipping containers are manufactured from A36 or 44W carbon steel. All hardware used from heavy-duty hinges to locks is of the highest quality. Extreme care is taken in the surface preparation to all surfaces for the supply and application of a finish coat of paint to the desired color. All storage containers are available with your choice in lead shielding from 1/32″ to 2″ thick or more.
Medi-Ray offers “just-in-time” delivery schedules for its clients to reduce customer inventory costs and to deliver mutually economical delivery quantities. Medi-Ray maintains a safety stock of castings, components, and finished products to guarantee timely delivery.
Medi-Ray quality control procedures are refined and expanded to include inspection procedures stipulated by customers. Certification by Medi-Ray quality control personnel accompanies each shipment.
Employees who work in x-ray rooms and nuclear industries run a high risk of incurring diseases like cancer due to repeated exposure to radiation. To avoid such fatalities, several lead products act as barriers to shield radiation and protect people working with or around the radiation scattering equipment.
Lead is a dense metal with a high atomic number and it can shield against all types of harmful radiation x-rays, alpha-rays and gamma rays. When you visit a medical facility, you can see that the x-ray technician moves behind a lead wall. You may wonder why the patient is not provided with the shielding material. This is because the patient may be exposed to x-ray radiation once or twice a year but the technician is exposed to the radiations repeatedly, maybe for several years because it is his job occupation.
Industries that deal with radiation also need to protect equipment from radiation. The equipment is shielded with lead casing or lead walls to control the intensity of radiation. Radioactive materials are stored in lead containers and radioactive waste is disposed of in lead bins. Lead containers are also used to transport radioactive materials. The lead transportation containers are specially designed to avoid any breakage or leakage during transportation.
Medi-Ray is a leader in the manufacture of radiation shielding products. They have been developing lead radiation shielding components since 1970. If you need radiation shielding products for your industry, contact Medi-Ray at 877-898-3003.
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 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
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
• 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.