The use of x-ray technology is widespread across a number of different fields. It is commonly associated with medical and dental practices where x-rays are used for diagnostic purposes. The technology uses radiation, which in itself is hazardous to living organisms based on the level and duration of exposure.
However, radiation is also used in a number of other fields and industries as well. It is used in the pharmaceutical industry as well as in nuclear power and research facilities. This is often more continuous forms of radiation with the need for shielding from x-rays critical to workplace safety.
X-ray lead shields can be used as an effective option in protecting people and the workplace from radiation exposure. This shielding material, which is usually a rolled lead alloy, can be used to line rooms, to protect workstations or to protect equipment from exposure to the radiation.
What to Consider
In any use of radiation, the level of radiation in the area will be the primary consideration when selecting X-ray lead shields. Higher levels of radiation will require thicker lead shielding which will also be heavier, blocking X-rays from passing through the lead.
In addition to X-ray lead shields, which is typically provided in rolled plate form, it is also possible to use lead bricks, which is often used when very high levels of radiation are present as would be found in nuclear plants or radiological research facilities.
This plating, which can include custom lead alloys to provide the protection required, can be mounted to existing structures to provide protection. When coupled with leaded X-ray glass and lead window frames this is a highly effective way to contain radiation and to prevent exposure for employee safety and well-being.