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Lead Aprons Reducing X Ray Radiation Risks


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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


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