Lightweight lead aprons and lead-free aprons help radiologists and technicians survive the many hours spent wearing radiation protection aprons. At Barrier Technologies, our goal is to make it easy for interventionalists to say “yes” to wearing their aprons by manufacturing lightweight aprons that are comfortable and easy to clean.
Continue reading to learn more about our lightweight X-ray aprons or download our apron catalog to read about all our apron styles in detail.
Ionizing radiation accumulates in the body with each exposure, which is why it’s crucial for all personnel involved in X-ray procedures to wear appropriate protective garments.
Unfortunately for anesthesiologists, surgeons, and other staff, traditional lead aprons are infamous for being heavy, hot, and cumbersome. These disadvantages can discourage apron use and cause staff to put themselves at risk of excessive radiation exposure and, eventually, cancer.
To empower your staff and make it easy for personnel to don their protective aprons, we recommend equipping your office with lightweight aprons.
Not only are lead aprons uncomfortable, but due to their weight, they’ve also been shown to cause musculoskeletal problems when worn for long periods of time.
The healthcare industry has been aware of this problem for decades but has endured heavy lead aprons because there hasn’t been a viable attenuating alternative.
That is, until very recently.
Medical manufacturing companies, like Barrier Technologies, have been working since the 1990s to develop a lightweight attenuation material to protect healthcare workers from radiation. And after years of diligent research and testing, the result we’ve developed is a Bismuth-based attenuating material (an amalgamation of titanium, magnesium, tungsten, and other alloys).
All these alloys have a much smaller atomic weight than lead, which is why our lightweight aprons are up to 30% lighter than traditional lead aprons.
We manufacture two protective core materials and offer three styles of apron, enabling you to select the ideal apron for your team.
And to demonstrate just how significant the difference is between our lightweight X-ray aprons and standard lead aprons, here is a chart listing the apron styles we offer, their core material, and weight.
|Apron Style||Apron Weight*||Attenuating Material||Disposal Requirements|
|Lightweight Apron |
|7.2 lbs (36% lighter than lead)||Bismuth, titanium, & other metal alloys||Environmentally friendly (no special disposal required)|
|Standard Lead |
|11.3 lbs||100% lead||Lead is a hazardous substance and requires special disposal|
*Weight numbers are taken from our Medium Frontal Apron. The percentage differences remain relatively constant regardless of which size of apron you order.
In addition to being lighter than lead aprons and being environmentally friendly to dispose of, our lightweight X-ray aprons are equipped with new radiation protection technology that makes them safer and more comfortable to wear than competing options.
Velcro apron closures are notoriously difficult to clean and harbor viruses and bacteria like staph and MERS. We’ve eliminated the risk of transmitting HAIs with velcro by developing and patenting a breakthrough magnetic closure system, called MagnaGuard™.
Another HAI risk is the porous nylon fabric that coats most aprons. This is because nylon is impossible to clean properly. To mitigate this, we’ve developed and patented a new kind of outer material called UltraFlex™. Our antibacterial fabric is impervious to fluids, can be easily cleaned with disinfectant, is stain resistant, and delivers more flexibility than traditional nylon.
As part of our commitment to helping healthcare organizations stay safe from radiation and HAIs, we offer a line of special Ready To Go (RTG) aprons. These lightweight X-ray aprons ship within 24 hours and feature UltraFlex™ and MagnaGuard™ and are available in a range of configurations including:
Of course, if you would like different styles or customizations, then you can order one of our standard lightweight aprons, which will ship in the usual 4-8 weeks.
In addition to lightweight radiation protection aprons, we also offer a host of additional X-ray protection products. From collars to shields and glasses, Barrier Technologies is your one-stop shop for all your radiation protection product needs.
Our inventory of innovative protection products includes:
Barrier Technologies is a global leader in lightweight apron technology and manufacturing. We cater to healthcare organizations of all sizes and are committed to developing innovative solutions to radiation protection problems.
If you need lightweight aprons immediately, take advantage of our Ready To Go apron line and place your order today. We’ll ship your aprons out within 24 hours.
For more complex or custom orders, contact our office.
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