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.

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Radiation Shielding Products

In everyday life we may come across several instances where radiation is used. For example, in the medical industry x-ray imaging helps identify broken bones and perform other diagnostic tests. The radiation is useful but overexposure is a serious health risk. To avoid overexposure to radiation, radiation scattering equipment is shielded with lead.
Medi-Ray is the industry leader in the manufacture of radiation shielding products. Radiation shielding products manufactured by Medi-Ray include lead plates, lead bricks, sheet lead, lead glass, lead wool, syringe shields, x-ray shields, nuclear medicine accessories, lead castings, lead containers for shipping and many more.

Where are radiation shielding products used?

Radiation shielding products are used in a wide variety of industries:

  • Medical industry: x-ray equipment, thyroid equipment etc.
  • In airport detection devices
  • In defense industry
  • In submarines
  • Nuclear power industries

Why is lead used as a radiation shielding product?

  • Lead is fairly inexpensive
  • Can be easily bent and manipulated
  • It is corrosion resistant
  • Lead is extremely versatile, malleable and easy to work with
  • It can be shaped in any to fit the rooms , equipment and even deep corners
  • Due to its high atomic number, lead can efficiently resist harmful radiation
  • Lead is highly stable metal

If you are looking for radiation shielding products in the USA, contact Medi-RayTM. Medi-RayTM is a certified ISO 9001:2008 company. This globally recognized standard of management excellence shows Medi-RayTM‘s dedication to quality assurance and control. Medi-RayTM provides customers with over 35 years of metallurgy expertise to provide custom and precision lead products produced by proprietary equipment. Medi-RayTM is the first Heavy Metal Company (lead) nominated by the US Federal EPA to receive an award for “Most Hygienic Lead Fabricator” as a result of their health, safety and environmental programs.
Call at 877-898-3003 for more information about the products supplied by Medi-Ray.