Radiation shielding is often needed to protect workers and members of the public from harmful radiation. Lead provides effective radiation shielding against gamma rays and x-rays because of its high molecular density, high atomic number and high level of stability. It is used for radiation shielding in medical facilities, as well as research facilities in industries, universities or in the military. Lead shielding products are available in various forms to suit different needs.

  1. Lead bricks:
  2. Lead bricks are used where maximum protection is required. Interlocking lead bricks provide maximum radiation shielding due to their tongue and groove design. They are made in different sizes, thicknesses and shapes. Lead bricks are ideal for adding radiation shielding to existing areas, but lead bricks can also be used as a new construction to replace old walls or ceilings to thickness and save space. Lead bricks are often mounted to steel frames or other structures such as lead-lined cabinets for increased structural integrity. They do not require mortar or other additional shielding materials. Apart from radiation shielding, lead brick is also used in radioactive isotope creation, counterbalances and ballast weights.

  3. Lead plates:
  4. Lead plates are used for radiation shielding on walls, window frames and doors. They may also be used as a sound barrier. Lead plates are manufactured to consistent standards in a variety of thicknesses and sizes, and can also be made in custom sizes and shapes.

  5. Lead foil:
  6. This is a form of sheet lead that can be easily cut, bent and shaped for many different uses. It is commonly used in the construction of walls, doors and frames. Lead sheets can also be installed on lead-lined walls to stop radiation leakage from cut-outs and penetrations.

  7. Lead glass:
  8. High density lead glass provides protection in areas where both radiation shielding and a clear view are necessary for diagnostic or manufacturing activities. It can be installed on walls, window or doors. Lead glass is installed with lead-lined frames.

  9. Lead wool:
  10. Lead wool consists of thin strands of lead. It is used as a caulk to seal joints between lead and steel fittings.

  11. Lead powder:
  12. Lead Powder is placed inside plastic sheets for use in protective clothing such as lead aprons.

  13. Lead clothing:
  14. Lead clothing provides protection for workers whenever there is a need for radiation shielding. Lead shielding in clothing may be used as lead aprons, lead thyroid shields, lead-lined gloves, and eyewear containing lead glass, also in lead sleeves and moveable lead shields. Protective clothing should conform to requirements specified by the National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP).

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Medi-RayTM, Inc. produces a wide range of lead materials for the shielding of nuclear medicine facilities and x-ray rooms. Contact our consultants at 877-898-3003. You can also email us at sales@mediray.com.