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Lead Aprons - Reducing X-Ray Radiation Risks


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									Lead Aprons - Reducing X-Ray Radiation Risks
Lead aprons are primarily used for bodily protection during x-ray
procedures. X-rays provide detailed images of muscles, bones, tissues,
and other bodily masses so that doctors are able to diagnose tumors, bone
fractures, and other internal conditions that need treatment. Despite the
many medical benefits these images provide, prolonged or excessive
exposure is known to cause cancer and other serious medical conditions.
Lead, as well as other elements, has x-ray attenuating properties as a
result of its high density and high atomic number. These aprons are
designed to block harmful radiation and minimize the risks associated
with radiation exposure.
Standard radiation protection lead aprons have a successful history of
use during radiation procedures in hospitals and any medical procedure
that involves x-rays. However, in recent years, more varieties of
radiation aprons have been developed.One option of radiation aprons are
Xenolite leaded aprons, which are a lightweight lead apron, weighing
approximately 30 percent less than standard-grade radiation protection
lead aprons. Their lightweight property is largely due to the radiation
apron's use of a 3-element attenuating material rather than a using 100
percent lead construction. An added benefit of Xenolite radiation
protection lead aprons is that they can be recycled.
The main purpose of lightweight lead aprons and lightweight lead free
aprons is to reduce strain and increase comfort for both patients and
technicians during x-ray radiation procedures. Lightweight aprons are
especially important for use during these procedures that occur for long
periods of time, such as interventional radiological procedures, which
can cause back, leg, or other bodily pain.
Many medical professionals are frequently surrounded by radiation, which
is why lead aprons are vital tool for protection. Without the assistance
of radiation aprons, the medical field would not be able to reap the
benefits that diagnostic images provide.
Stephen is a writer for Universal Medical Inc. Universal Medical Inc is a
premier provider of lead aprons, non lead aprons, and health care
industry products. For the complete x-ray protection apron line - please
visit http://www.universalmedicalinc.com/radiation-protection/lead-aprons

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