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Keeping the Radiation Inside Your Radiology Room with Radiation Shielding

In every hospital and clinic that is set up to take x-rays there is a need to protect patients and medical staff from excess radiation. Since radiation can seep through walls and out the cracks of doors, it is important to prevent such things from happening. Extended or prolonged exposure to radiation can make everyone sick. That is where radiation shielding comes in handy. If you are not sure your radiology department has appropriate radiation shielding, you should look into how this type of shielding is installed.

Built Into the Walls

Lead manufacturers create lead shielding for the purpose of installation into walls. These massive lead plates that are several inches thick prevent any leakage of radiation from an x-ray room. During the construction of an x-ray room, the lead shields are inserted into the walls to rebuke radiation back into the room.

Built Into Doors Too

Extra-special doors made just for radiology departments are constructed with radiation shields built into their cores. As such, a closed radiation door is a very effective tool for containing radiation in the x-ray room. Basic tests using a special tool that can move through the wood but not lead will tell you whether or not your x-ray room’s door and/or walls have sufficient lead shields built into them.

Durability

High-quality lead shields will last a very long time. If you have adequate shielding built into and around the x-ray rooms in your clinic or hospital, you never need to worry about replacing them. If you don’t have adequate shielding, it should be addressed immediately.

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