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The Importance of Custom-Fit Radiation-Blocking Apparel for Women

By December 28, 2023January 3rd, 2024No Comments

In the realm of radiology, the significance of properly fitted radiation-blocking apparel for female radiological workers can’t be overstated. In recent years, there has been a notable surge in the number of women choosing careers in radiology. Radiation-blocking technology must keep pace with this changing workforce alongside the rapid advances in radiological apparatus.

Body shapes and sizes vary, but a woman has more pronounced contours and curves. A well-fitted radiation-blocking garment must accommodate her bust, narrower waist, and wider hips. This personalized approach to radiation protection is vital to ensure the safety and comfort of every female radiologic worker.


What Is Radiation-Blocking Apparel?

Specialized radiation-blocking apparel refers to garments and accessories that block harmful ionizing radiation, such as X-rays and gamma rays. Effective shielding is essential for radiologic professionals working in medical and industrial settings. It is the most crucial component of personal protective equipment (PPE) in environments where radiation exposure is a potential hazard.

This apparel contains attenuating substances that prevent or reduce radiation transmission into the wearer’s body. Lead is the most widely used shielding material due to its unique properties. This dense, heavy metal has the highest atomic number that is not radioactive (Z=82 on the Periodic Table).

However, lead is toxic and an environmental hazard. Ongoing materials science research has produced alternative materials containing mixtures of elements such as tungsten, bismuth, titanium, and magnesium combined with flexible polymer composites.

Blocking radiation is necessary to protect radiologic professionals from potential genetic and cellular damage that is precursory to severe health issues.


The Importance of Blocking Radiation Exposure in Women

Ionizing radiation gets its name from its ability to strip electrons off atoms, turning them into ions and free radicals. Radiation exposure can severely damage sensitive structures and delicate biochemical processes in living cells.

Available data suggest that long-term radiosensitivity in women is higher than in men who receive a comparable radiation dose. Differences in anatomy, reproductive organs, and the possibility of pregnancy require careful consideration when designing radiation-protective gear for women.


Essential Considerations for Protecting Women From Radiation

  • Reproductive Organs: Ionizing radiation affects female ovaries, impacting fertility and elevating the risk of genetic abnormalities in offspring.
  • Breast Tissue: Radiation sensitivity in female breast tissue may heighten the risk of breast cancer in the future.
  • Hormonal Differences: Women have a complex hormone profile that fluctuates cyclically during their child-bearing years. The menstrual cycle and pregnancy influence the body’s response to radiation.
  • Pregnancy: Radiation exposure to the pelvis may harm a developing embryo and potentially lead to malformations and diseases.
  • Thyroid Gland: Women are more likely to develop thyroid cancer than men. This predisposition may be attributable to hormonal fluctuations and the menstrual cycle.
  • Eyes: Gender differences in radiation-induced cataracts are the subject of ongoing research, with some studies suggesting women have increased risk.


Custom Fit Radiation-Blocking Apparel for Women

Specialized protective gear should address the unique anatomical and physiological requirements specific to female radiologic professionals. Key considerations and features of custom-fit radiation apparel for women include:

  • Anatomical design: Custom-fit radiation apparel must account for women’s distinct anatomical features. The design should provide optimal coverage and shielding.
  • Breast protection: Radiation blocking for sensitive breast tissue during medical procedures should avoid flattening the breasts or gaping at the armholes.
  • Flexibility and comfort: Radiation protection apparel should ensure a snug fit without compromising comfort. Weight should be minimized and flexibility maximized, permitting ease of movement and a full range of motion without fatigue.
  • Adaptable components: Adjustable elasticated inserts, straps, and closures incorporated into the design accommodate body size and shape variations. The garment can be customized for each individual, enhancing comfort and functionality.
  • Lightweight, lead-free options: Women are generally smaller than and unable to carry as much weight as their male counterparts. Alternative core materials maintain the same level of protection while significantly reducing weight and avoiding lead exposure.
  • Stylish and Durable Fabrics: A variety of colors and patterns allows a touch of femininity and individualism. Additionally, easy-to-clean fabrics take the hassle out of maintenance.

Barrier Technologies® is an acknowledged industry leader at the forefront of radiation protection solutions. We offer a wide range of fully adjustable and personalized gear to cater to all women’s requirements. Our diverse selection includes lead and lead-free apparel, available in a wide range of styles and sizes. We supply high-quality aprons, thyroid collars, gloves, eyewear, and other indispensable radiation-blocking accessories and equipment.


Radiation-Blocking Apparel by Barrier Technologies

  • Aprons: Our lead and lead-free radiation protection aprons with adjustable straps, closures, and elasticated inserts ensure a perfect custom fit. Shoulder pads distribute weight to reduce strain and fatigue. Choose from frontal, wraparound, or skirt and vest options. Add a half apron for extra pelvic protection.
  • Thyroid Collars: We supply three styles of comfortable, maximum-protection thyroid shields to safeguard this radiosensitive gland from potential damage. Try our revolutionary MagnaGuard™ magnetic closure that won’t pull or catch your hair
  • Gloves: Our lead-free, powder-free gloves come in half sizes starting from 6 ½ (XS). They are flexible, have textured fingers and palms, and incomparable tactile sensitivity.
  • Caps & Headbands: Our lead caps and elasticated lead-free headbands provide additional protection to the head and help keep your hair off your face.
  • Protective Sleeves: You can extend shielding to the blood-producing long bones of the upper arms and lymph glands in the armpits. These sleeves avoid gaping at the armholes.
  • Belts: Cleverly designed, adjustable belts allow for cinching at the waist for a more even and comfortable fit. They reduce the load on the lumbar area, preventing back strain and fatigue.
  • Eyewear: Our unmatchable lead glasses shield the eyes from scattered radiation while enhancing visual acuity. We offer a range of fashionable styles from leading brands. You’ll find the perfect frames for your facial profile and lens prescription.


Contact Barrier Technologies for All of Your Radiation-Blocking Needs

Barrier Technologies acknowledges the vital contribution of women working in radiology. You shouldn’t have to worry about poorly-fitting radiation-blocking apparel that doesn’t offer adequate protection against the hazards of scatter radiation.

We recognize the unique anatomical considerations of women. Our carefully designed garments address your diverse body shapes, prioritize comfort, and ensure optimal shielding during radiologic procedures. We also supply top-quality accessories to complement your basic radiation-protective gear.

It’s time to empower the women of radiology with specialized, custom-fit protective apparel. Join Barrier Technologies in advancing the standards of radiation protection for a safer and more inclusive radiologic environment. Contact us today!