Lead Shielding for Medical Equipment

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.

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Lead Shipping Containers

Medi-Ray manufactures lead containers with interlocking features and leakage protection.

lead shipping containers

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Lead Bricks for Effective Radiation Shielding

Lead bricks originate from the purest lead available and are popular for constructing lead walls in places where the need for radiation protection is high. Lead bricks are common in nuclear reactors to shield high intensity radiation produced in them.

Lead Bricks

Medi-RayTM provides lead bricks with interlocking features. The different types of lead bricks supplied by Medi-RayTM are:

Standard lead bricks

This is the basic type of rectangular lead brick. Medi-RayTM manufactures standard rectangular lead bricks of different sizes and thicknesses based on customer’s requirements.

Interlocking lead bricks

Interlocking lead bricks provide the highest level of radiation protection. They are used for building lead walls, and for fitting corners of lead walls and built using standard rectangular lead bricks.

Dura-Block lead bricks are one of the types of interlocking lead bricks manufactured by Medi-RayTM. This brick can create a wall but cannot fit corners.

Lead barrier walls and caves

Medi-RayTM manufactures and pre-assembles custom lead walls according to the requirements of the customer. They can be directly installed in the area where radiation protection is needed.

Uses of lead bricks

  • Used in x-ray facilities
  • Defense industry
  • Nuclear power plants
  • Laboratories where radioactive experiments are performed

If you need lead bricks or any other type of radiation shielding product contact Medi-RayTM at 877-898-3003 today.


Lead Shipping Containers for Radiation Protection

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.

Lead Shipping Containers

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.


Lead Shielding Offers Radiation Safety Solution

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 Shielding

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.


Forms of Lead for Radiation Shielding

The various forms of lead like lead sheets, lead plates, lead bricks, lead containers, lead glass, lead wool that are used for radiation shielding are manufactured by Medi-rayTM Inc. If you need any radiation shielding products call them at 877.898.3003 for product quotes.

Forms of Lead for Radiation Shielding

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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.


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.


Aeronautical Lead Counterweights

Counterweights come in many different sizes, shapes, and materials, and in accordance, are used for many different things. However, the most important need for a counterweight is to create a sense of balance. In terms of Aeronautical Counterweights, their use is to keep airplane pilots from over exhausting their aircrafts.

counterweightsAeronautics is the science involved with the study, design, and manufacturing of air flight capable machines, or the techniques of operating aircraft and rocketry within the atmosphere. Counterweights used in this regard, are also known as bob weights. Their main purpose is to change the amount of control force required to deflect an airplane’s control column. This process is dependent on the factor of air speed.


By installing lead counterweights into aircrafts, aeronautical engineers can make it more difficult to pull on the control column as g-force increases. G-force is the force to which a body is subjected when accelerated. The installation of lead counterweights in aircrafts is an important safety procedure, as it ensures that a pilot will not overstress his aircraft.

Medi-RayTM‘s skilled team of craftsmen pride themselves on the production of such counterweights, as well as many others with a wide range of sizes, material types, and uses.


Lead Radiation Shielding

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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 Shielding

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
•    Hospitals

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.