Why a Lead Apron Is the Perfect Radiation Blocker

If you are a radiologic professional, you must protect yourself with some kind of radiation blocker. Unnecessary exposure to ionizing radiation in medicine, science, and industry can have profound and sometimes devastating effects on the different cells, tissues, and organs of the human body. Often, these degenerative changes may not appear until months or even […]

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CT Scan Equipment & Radiation Protection

In 1971, Godfrey Hounsfield devised the first CT (computerized tomography) scan equipment. He combined an x-ray machine and a computer to take pictures of the living brain. His Nobel Prize-winning invention detected a brain tumor in a 41-year-old female patient. In 1975, the first whole-body scanner was developed, which completely revolutionized diagnostic medicine. Modern CT […]

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Understanding Radiation Lead Glasses

Radiation lead glasses protect your vulnerable eyes from harmful exposure. These delicate organs are four times more sensitive than other body parts. Over time, radiation doses accumulate and can cause early-onset cataracts, eye cancers, and other diseases. Such avoidable conditions are potentially blinding! Specialized eyewear is essential to radiologic professionals who work with x-rays and […]

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Lead Thickness for Radiation Protection

One of the most commonly asked questions is, “What lead thickness do I need for radiation protection?” There is no hard and fast rule, as adequate shielding must account for several variables such as length of exposure, distance from the radiation source, and the intensity and type of radiation. The harmful effects of ionizing radiation […]

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Lead Glass Manufacturing: Meeting Industry Standards

Historically, radiation glass manufacturing lagged behind other developments in radiation shielding. This was likely due to glass’ complex chemistry and difficulty of characterization. However, with the rise of applications such as fiber optics, lasers, and photosensitivity, much research work is being done on the interaction of electromagnetic radiation and glass. Advanced glass products now protect […]

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When to Use a Thyroid Shield During an Xray

If you’re a radiology professional, it’s important to know when to use a thyroid shield to protect yourself and your patients. The thyroid gland influences nearly every metabolic process in the body. It’s also highly susceptible to radiation-induced cancer. The CDC reports that approximately 60,000 cases are diagnosed annually, predominantly in women. Sadly, more than […]

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Benefits of Magnaguard Magnetic Closure Over Velcro Thyroid Collars

Barrier Technologies® is always at the cutting edge of materials science. We realized that magnetic closures were the perfect option for our radiation-protective apparel. Our research and development team designed and patented MagnaGuard™, our unique magnetic closure system. Magnetic closures are growing in popularity as they are a quick, easy way to fasten clothing. They […]

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Reducing the Effects of Radiation Exposure with a Thyroid Shield

The thyroid is a delicate gland that is extremely sensitive to the effects of radiation. This butterfly-shaped gland is located at the front of the neck and wrapped around the windpipe. It’s considered to be the master gland of metabolism, as it releases vital hormones that influence every single cell in your body. Functions controlled […]

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The Different Types of Radiation Shielding Materials

As human knowledge and technology progress, radiation is used more extensively in medicine and many other industries. Accordingly, there has been a surge in research into radiation-shielding materials. Amazing advances in the metallurgical and material sciences fields have produced a variety of new and interesting attenuating substances that guard against the harmful effects of ionizing […]

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