Applications of sheet lead

MedirayTM mentions the various industries where lead sheets are widely used for accomplishing their radiation safety needs and requirements.

Applications of Lead Counterweights

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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.

Lead Products for Protection from Radiation Emitting Equipment

Radiation from equipment like x-rays, CT, MRI scanning and from radio pharmaceuticals are harmful if people are overexposed to them. Even if they are used to detect improper functioning of internal organs and to cure certain diseases, people around should be exposed to only permeable amounts of radiation. To regulate the intensity of radiations scattered by this equipment, they are shielded with lead.

Lead is the most malleable of all common metals, can be easily shaped / bent/cut and is resistant to corrosion. Due to its density, lead is the best and most affordable shielding product.

Different lead radiation shielding products

Lead radiation shielding products are not only used in the medical field, but also in military, nuclear power industries and other industries for protection from radiation.
Medi-RayTM is the industry leader in lead radiation shielding products, and produces a range of products to meet different industrial requirements. Medi-RayTM uses timely and cost-effective methods of producing quality lead products. Medi-RayTM applies the latest software technology to achieve required customer’s design, reduce costs, improve overall quality, and adapt to product revisions and improvements.
Medi-RayTM ‘s production foresight enables customers to incorporate the latest technology advancements with no increase in costs. If are in need quality lead radiation shielding products, then call Medi-RayTM at 877-898-3003.

Lead Counterweights

Lead is a great metal to use for a counterweight. It’s unique combination of high resistance to corrosion, malleability and high density allows for a versatile range of uses. Our quality control procedures guarantee consistent unit weight in our lead counterweights. Custom counterweights have been developed for automotive, marine, environmental equipment, construction equipment, scientific laboratory applications and even recreational use.

Some uses for lead counterweights include:

  • Elevator Weights
  • Lead sash weights (windows)
  • Stage and theater weights
  • Ballast lead weights
  • Aerospace counterbalance weights
  • Curtain weights
  • Divers weights
  • Boat keel weights
  • Race car ballast weights
  • Flagpole weights

Lead counterweights are typically 40% heavier than steel counterweights. This allows our lead counterweights to fit in smaller spaces and have lower centers of gravity. This also allows flexibility as to how the counterweights are positioned, due to the smaller space that it inhabits.

Lead for Radiation Shielding

Since 1974, Mediray has been the largest supplier of radio-pharmaceutical shipping containers. Mediray is mainly known for shielding radioactive products, X-ray, PET, CT or MRI equipment. Lead is used for the shielding of radioactive products.

Lead – Best Radiation Shielding Metal

Lead is the best metal in providing protection from various sources of radiation. It has become a standard in the design of Radiation Protection systems. 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 fade certain kinds of radiation. And that’s why lead is used as radiation protection in applications ranging from x-ray imaging and PET rooms to nuclear reactors.

Criteria for Selection of Shielding Material

Thickness is not enough for a material to attenuate radiation. There are certain characteristics that are required in a material to use as radiation shielding.

  • Shielding material should have high density and high atomic number, which in turn is better attenuator of x-rays and gamma rays.
  • Shielding material should have good heat conductivity.
  • Shielding material must be resistant to radiation damage.
  • Shielding material should have required thickness and weight.

Apart from the above characteristics, you should also consider the cost of shielding material, transportation and installation. Also, take into account its wastage and scrap value; and availability and ease of shielding material.

Properties of Lead as Shielding Material

The properties of lead are its high density, high atomic number; high level of stability, ease of fabrication and availability makes it excellent shielding material.

  • Lead has extremely low-level neutron absorption and practically no gamma radiation. It cannot become radioactive. Even after long exposure of neutrons, lead emits an insignificant amount of radiation due to activation.
  • Lead is not too dense, but it is readily available, easily fabricated and is less expensive than other high-density materials.
  • Lead is more uniform throughout as compared to other materials.
  • Lead is less likely to become contaminated with dirt, which in turn may become radioactive.
  • Lead can be immediately available for reuse, adaption or for sale as scrap.

Forms of Lead Available For Radiation Shielding

For radiation shielding various forms of lead are used. The shielding of containers for radioactive materials is usually metallic lead. Radioactive materials in laboratories and the medical industry are usually handled by remote control from a position of safety. Personal shielding includes lead aprons (such as the garment used during dental x-rays), thyroid shields, and lead gloves. There are also shielding devices available for laboratory equipment, including lead castles, structures composed of lead bricks, and thick containers for storing and transporting radioactive samples.

We understand why lead is the best shielding material. Mediray is devoted to innovation in lead metal technology as it mainly deals with shielding of X-ray, CT, PET, MRI equipment.

Lead Sheets

Lead is a material used in everyday life all over the world. It comes in many different sizes and shapes depending on its use. Its versatility and protective qualities make it a material in high demand.

Though all different forms of lead materials can be of great use to a number of industries, the most common and useful form of lead is the lead sheet.

Lead sheets are an important product, most of the time made from pure lead. These sheets have great importance in chemical and radiation related industries, as lead metal is highly resistant against a wide variety of chemicals, as well as x-rays and gamma rays. Lead sheets are built into walls of doctor’s offices, hospitals, and laboratories, as well as storage containers and aprons, to protect both doctors and patients from the harmful radiation and contamination associated with the medical field.

Lead sheets that are used in chemical, medical, and building related industries are generally either made from pure lead, or a mixture called lead-antimonial alloy. Calcium-lead and calcium-lead-tin are also suitable combinations for many applications of lead sheets as well.

As you can imagine, the benefits of lead sheets are considerable. For one, lead is a rugged, flexible, and long lasting material, that has considerable aesthetic appeal. Due to its benefits, lead is gaining great popularity in a number of industries.  For example, the roofing business no longer considers lead use for traditional applications such as churches and historic buildings. Architects have been won over by the attractive and long lasting properties of lead sheets for modern buildings, both for roofing and the vertical cladding of external walls.

The high density and limpness of lead sheets make lead a very effective material for reducing the transmission of noise through partitions and doors of lightweight construction. Often the lead sheets are bonded to plywood or other building boards for convenience of handling. Current developments include employing lead sheets for the reduction of industrial noise, and from engines of all sorts. A particular advantage to this use of lead sheets is that the high density of the material creates a need for relatively thin layers to suppress the transmission of sound.

Are you looking for the highest quality lead materials for your home or business? Contact Medi-RayTM today, to choose from our wide variety of lead products of only the highest quality.

The Importance of Lead Lined Products

Lead lined products and rooms have great importance throughout the world today. Lead linings are used in many different types of facilities worldwide. Examples of such places include hospitals and medical clinics, where lead products are used to provide medical radiation shielding. Lead lined products are also often used in the construction industry, to provide defense and protection to people and their surrounding environment against harmful rays. The importance of lead lined products is steadily growing all over the world, as protection from radiation in any situation, is crucial.

Radiation protection is of utmost importance in regard to lead products. Therefore, it must be taken very seriously. From medical to industrial situations, there is a dire need for the application of lead lined products in radiation shielding. Radiation, whether we like it or not, holds great necessity in our modern world. Without radiation and advanced in technology, industries such as healthcare, construction, and defense would be stuck in the past. These advances create the importance for radiation protection, as it creates a safe environment for individuals working around radiation sources. Unprotected exposure to radiation can cause damaging and irreversible changes to the body. Overexposure to high levels of radiation increases the likelihood of contracting many types of tumors and cancers, as well as radiation sickness, and severe skin burns. These circumstances create the need and high demand for lead lined products.

Lead lined products hold great importance in a wide variety of industries and settings:

  •  Lead building products are often used throughout the construction industry. This includes decorative lead fixings, lead pipe shielding, and lead sheets. With advances in technology, solutions can be made to correct any issues involving radiation. Lead is also a highly economical material, which creates long lasting, corrosion resistant results.
  •  Lead products used for radiation shielding can keep healthcare workers and their patients safe from harmful rays. This includes anyone working in the Veterinary, Dental, and Medical fields.
  •  The need for lead shielding in nuclear power facilities is intense. Powerful gamma and neutron radiation can be extremely harmful if not contained. This includes protecting the surrounding environment, as well as any transportation needed to move radioactive materials.
  • Lead shielding is also important to the Defense industry. Radiation shielding for defense purposes must be extremely strong, due to their long periods of time submerged in water. Lead products used within the defense industry may include lead shielding, lead wool, and lead bricks.

Here at Medi-RayTM we make it our highest priority to provide people all over the world with the highest quality lead materials for needs in any situation. Contact us today for more information on our top of the line products.

Why Choose to Work With an ISO Certified Company?

Being an ISO Certified company, as Medi-RayTM is, creates great opportunity and accomplishment for companies that operate on an international level, as it strives to encourage and enable trade between member countries.

It is first and foremost important to understand exactly what ISO is. This is the International Organization for Standardization, and it is the world’s largest developer of voluntary International standards. These standards cover a wide variety of various aspects in technology and business, including food safety, computers, agriculture, and healthcare. Such standards provide companies with many benefits, such as state of the art specifications for products, an array of services and good practice, as well as the ability to make industry more efficient and effective. In addition, ISO strives to break down barriers to International trade.

ISO International standards ensure that products and services are safe, reliable, and of the best quality. For businesses, these standards act as strategic tools that help reduce cost by minimizing waste, and increasing productivity. They also help companies access and achieve membership to new markets, level the playing field for developing countries, and aid in the facilitation of free and fair global trade.

Here at Medi-RayTM, we take great pride in our ISO Certification, as it ensures that our customers will be more than satisfied with our top of the line products, as well as our ability to reach out to customers seeking our products and services worldwide.

Lead Lined Storage and Waste Containers

Lead lined storage and waste containers come in many different shapes and sizes, and are composed of many different outer materials, the most common, being steel.

These containers are used most commonly for the storage, and or disposal of materials that have been contaminated with low-level energy gamma radiation. This includes protection from contaminated syringes, as well as many other nuclides used within the field of Nuclear Medicine.

The lead lined container comes with many benefits to individuals, as well as their surrounding environments. For example, they reduce the risk of accident or unnecessary radiation exposure to workers or the general public, and they reduce costly storage and maintenance. In addition, these containers are equipped with disposable plastic liners to allow the rapid and efficient transfer of radioactive contents.

Here at Mediray, we emphasize the use of Lead lined storage and waste containers to minimize exposure to radiation, while maintaining a clean and safe environment.

X-Ray Shielding: Medical Radiation Protection

Radiation Protection, otherwise known as radiological protection, is the science and practice of protecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of Ionizing Radiation. Ionizing radiation is used in many aspects of industry and medicine, and as a result can present significant health hazards. Such radiation causes microscopic damage to body tissue, which can lead to skin burns and radiation sickness at high exposures, as well as heightened risks of Cancer at low exposures.

Radiation protection is divided into a number of different categories, as there are many different factors to consider when it comes to protecting individuals from radiation, as well as keeping their surrounding environments radiation free.

Radiation exposure is managed by a combination of three factors, these being time, distance, and shielding. Time refers to reducing the amount of time that individuals spend exposed to radiation equipment, while still ensuring that patients receive their appropriated dosage. Distance, refers to increasing the distance between radioactive equipment, and the individuals surrounding it. Finally, shielding refers to absorbing material placed around radioactive sources, to reduce the amount of radiation to a level that is safe for humans. Types of shielding may include lead sheets in the walls surrounding an x-ray room, lead glass or screens on the viewing room for operator safety, and lead aprons for patients to wear. The effectiveness of such shields depends on shield thickness.

Mediray has developed clinic, laboratory, and medical office products for various types of x-ray applications, using such materials as lead castings, sheet lead, and lead foil.