Archives for August 2012

QuickShip Lead Aprons Are Now Available

Need a lead apron within 1 – 2 business days?  We’ve got you covered.

We have recently teamed up with our manufacturer in order to provide you an option to receive your lead aprons quickly.  Since it is crucial that medical professionals protect themselves from the adverse effects of x-ray radiation, receiving your lead apron in a timely manner could make a world of difference.

The main difference between our Quick Ship Lead Aprons and Non Quick Ship Lead Aprons, really come down to size and color availability.  Our quick ship collection is offered in only a few standard unisex sizes and entirely designed in a professional sapphire blue.

However, the important factor when properly selecting a lead apron continues to be the level of protection the apron provides.  The quick ship selection upholds the standard level of protection at 0.5 mm Pb equivalency, keeping you safe against harmful radiation.

The lightweight quick ship collection includes the Lead Flex Guard Apron, Lead Vest & Skirt, LapGuard Apron, and the Standard Thyroid Collar.  To help reduce the physical demand on physicians and medical personnel, the Lead Flex Guard and Lead Vest & Skirt are made out of our lightweight lead material, which is almost 25% lighter than our regular lead. 

As many know, the medical industry is a rapidly growing and fast-paced environment. X-rays will continue being performed on a daily basis, leading to the importance of proper radiation protection apparel.  It is becoming more imperative every day that medical professionals receive their equipment in a timely manner to support this growing field.

If you have any questions or comments on our quick ship apparel, let us know below!

Scatter Radiation vs. Direct Beam Radiation, What’s The Difference?

Do you know what type of radiation exposure your doctors or medical personnel are being exposed to?  Understanding the difference between scatter radiation and direct beam radiation will help you better educate and protect staff in your facility.

Scatter Radiation

Scatter radiation occurs when radiation deflects off an object, causing x-rays to be scattered.  It is important to keep in mind that scatter radiation has the ability to travel in all different directions.

Most of the exposure your medical staff will endure is from scatter radiation.  Whether they’re taking an x-ray or assisting in a fluoroscopic procedure, the risk of scatter radiation exposure is high.  To keep medical staff protected, it is essential they follow proper safety regulations and wear radiation protection apparel.

For instance, the Xenolite NonLead Special Procedure Apron is a full wrap around apron providing maximum protection.  This apron allows coverage in the front and back, to shield from scatter beams.  Body parts most sensitive to radiation include: the thyroid gland, eye tissue, reproductive and digestive organs.

Direct Beam Radiation

Direct Beam Radiation occurs when an object is in direct path of the radiation beam.

During a fluoroscopic procedure, as the x-ray beam is passed through the patient’s body, a doctor may come in contact with the direct beam.  Or a medical technician may need to position a patient during an x-ray, causing their hands and potentially other body parts to be exposed.  In both cases, wearing proper Lead Gloves can be necessary for shielding direct beam radiation.

Appropriate radiation protection apparel is just one factor in keeping people safe from the dangers of scatter and direct beam radiation.  To find more safety tips and regulations, ask your facility’s radiation safety officer for guidelines.

We hope this post helps you understand the difference between scatter radiation and direct beam radiation. If you have any questions or comments regarding this post, please leave them below!