The Important Applications of Medi-Ray’s Lead Counterweights

Lead counterweight

Medi-Ray counterweights are necessary for many types of equipment. They may be as simple as steel plates or designed with complex geometrics. When you are designing a product that will need counterweights, there are many factors to consider. These factors include how much you will need, whether the counterweights will be freestanding or inside a compartment, how much space you have to work with, etc. Counterweights can be made of steel or lead, depending upon the application. If they are manufactured using lead, the lead can be coated with powder or painted for safe handling. Some applications for counterweights include medical equipment, aerospace, bridges, forklifts, cranes, elevator weights and sonar weights. Below are only a few examples of other applications for counterweights:

  • The famous leaning tower of Pisa in Italy uses counterweights to ensure that the building does not continue to lean and eventually fall.
  • On a construction site, elevators use counterweights to balance the load of the elevator car.
  • A crane is a mechanism that balances the load it is carrying with a lead counterweight by utilizing a horizontal boom across the top of the tower.
  • A bascule bridge is moveable due to a counterweight that continuously balances the span when it swings upward to allow for boat traffic.
  • Crankshafts in piston engines use counterweights to reduce vibrations.
  • Desk lamps use counterweights to keep the lamp in the appropriate position.
  • A metronome has an adjustable spring mechanism that allows the speed to increase or decrease by using counterweights.
  • Amusement park rides use counterweights to ensure the safety of their riders.

Medi-Ray provides customized counterweights that have been developed specifically for scientific laboratory applications, as well as the automotive, marine, environmental and construction industries. Our quality control testing and inspections are second to none and we guarantee consistent unit weights. Our specialty lead alloys guarantee durability and functionality. Medi-Ray’s quality control personnel certify every shipment.

We are located at 150 Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe, New York. Call us toll-free at 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740. You can also email sales@mediray.com. We take great pride in offering the highest quality service to all our customers.

Plastic Encased Lead Packaging

Medi-Ray provides exterior plastic encasements for lead packaging in numerous shapes and sizes and with a wide variety of plastic encasements. We have been the largest supplier of radio-pharmaceutical shipping containers since 1974. Contact us today for a comprehensive line of plastic encased lead packaging shipping containers. Call 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740 or email sales@mediray.com.

Coated Lead Packaging from Medi-Ray

We can satisfy a wide variety of lead container requirements from 1/16th inch to several feet in thickness and ranging from grams to tons in overall weight. Our coated lead containers have interlocking lid and base designs and come equipped with bottle sponges and desiccant liners. If you need lead coated containers, contact us today. Call 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740 or email sales@mediray.com.


Coated Lead Packaging from Medi-Ray

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Medi-Ray’s Coated Lead Packaging

Medi-Ray’s coated lead containers have interlocking lid and base designs and come equipped with bottle sponges and desiccant liners. Our proprietary coatings guarantee adhesion with no cracking or chipping. Our containers can be coated in any PMS referenced color to provide product and brand recognition. If you need coated lead packaging containers, contact us today. Call 877-898-3003 or email us at sales@mediray.com.

Reasons To Choose Medi-Ray Plastic Encased Lead Packaging

Medi-Ray provides exterior plastic encasements for lead packaging in numerous shapes and sizes and with a wide variety of plastic encasements. We have been the largest supplier of radio-pharmaceutical shipping containers since 1974. Contact us today for a comprehensive line of plastic encased lead packaging shipping containers. Call 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740 or email sales@mediray.com.


Reasons To Choose Medi-Ray Plastic Encased Lead Packaging

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Myths about Radiation

Radiology is the science of dealing with X-rays and other high-energy radiation. It has been shown to be of major importance to modern medicine and plays an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases and conditions. Despite radiology being used to help treat many patients, there are still some myths about the dangers and risks of being exposed to radiation. Read below to learn about some common myths concerning exposure to radiation.

Myths About Radiation Debunked: 

  • Exposure to radiation is not safe and may cause side effects.

People are continuously exposed to different forms of radiation every day, including when breathing in air or eating food. Radiation in medication, electricity generation and many other applications has extended and saved many lives. A study done by the United Nations Scientific Committee has shown that the risk associated with low-dose radiation from natural and man-made sources is extremely small. Also during X-Rays, MRIs, and other radiology scans, the small levels of radiation that a patient is exposed to will not cause side effects.  

  • Radiology scans are not safe for a pregnant woman.

There has been no proof of physical harm being done to a fetus from an ultrasound. A 3D scanner does not use stronger sound waves or produce more heat than a 2D scan, so it is considered just as safe for infants. Also, 3D scans are more accurate in detecting certain physical abnormalities. 

  • Radiation treatment will cause cancer.

Although this may not be a myth, the chances of receiving cancer from radiation treatment are very low. It is, however, important for doctors to consider the risk of causing new cancer in the context of the potential gain from treatment. The possibility that therapeutic radiation would lead to a new cancer is exceedingly small and depends on a number of factors, including age at the time of treatment, the region of the body treated, and the dose received. Medicine and research will continue to progress as will the use of radiation treatment for different types of cancer. 

At Medi-Ray we focus on creating medical and laboratory instruments that meet the needs of our customers. By utilizing lead castings, sheet lead and lead foil we develop clinic, laboratory, and medical products that are user-friendly. Medi-Ray understands the importance of using equipment made with lead to protect against harmful radiation. At Medi-Ray we specialize in lead metal technology. We make lead products that are used in medical equipment and lab accessories that shield against radiation.

Properties and Uses of Lead Shielding

Properties and Uses of Lead Shielding

Lead is highly effective in providing protection from various sources of radiation. It is used as the primary material for radiation shielding. Its high density makes it one of the preferred materials for high energy radiation applications like x-rays, gamma rays and other nuclear radiation.

Since lead has an extremely low level of neutron absorption and practically no gamma radiation, it cannot become radioactive. Even after long exposure to neutrons, lead emits an insignificant amount of radiation due to activation.

Lead may not be the densest metal, but it is the standard used in radiation shielding because it is readily available, easily fabricated and its cost is lower than other high density materials.

Properties of Lead for Radiation Shielding

Lead is an excellent shielding material because of its following properties:

  • It has high density
  • It has a high atomic number
  • It has a high level of stability
  • It is easy to fabricate
  • It has a high degree of flexibility in application
  • It is readily available

Lead is primarily used as a radiation shield for:

  • Containers for radioactive materials
  • X-ray machines
  • Nuclear plants
  • Laboratories
  • Military equipment

Personal shielding includes:

  • Lead aprons
  • Thyroid shields
  • Lead gloves

Medi-RayTM, Inc.

Medi-RayTM has been providing customers with over 35 years of metallurgy expertise in custom and precision lead shielding products produced with proprietary equipment. For all your radiation shielding needs, call us at 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740 or email us at sales@mediray.com.