Radiation shielding is a great necessity in medical offices where X-rays are taken and other nuclear medicine is regularly practiced. Both the patients and the technicians must have proper protection from exposure to radiation.
Lead shielding generally works best as a protectant against the harmful effects of radiation, and it is a more budget-friendly solution than most alternatives.
At Nuclear Lead Company, we will collaborate with your team to determine the best solution for your practice. If you already know what you want, we will create your order to your exact specifications.
Lead walls, doors, and windows
For new construction projects or renovations, installing structural elements that already have radiation protection built in is ideal. Depending on your intended usage and existing walls, if applicable, you will likely choose from lead-lined drywall, lead-lined plywood, and wall panels, or a combination of one or more.
Lead-lined drywall is laminated with sheet lead and can serve as walls, ceilings, and floors in a room where radiation shielding must be in place. The thickness of the lead, as well as the width of the drywall panels, can be customized to your requirements.
Lead-lined plywood is often used in conjunction with lead-lined drywall to cover any gaps that may occur between the drywall and another solution, such as lead bricks. Plywood can also accommodate lead lining with a thickness up to half an inch, or twice as thick as drywall can. In rooms that need heavier radiation protection, this is the preferred option.
Wall panels are not a permanent solution but one that can serve as a radiation shield in rented spaces or other cases where a quick and temporary method is preferable.
Of course, any imaging room also has to have a door. Lead-lined doors are the solution for this issue. We can design doors and frames to blend in seamlessly with your office décor. Wood veneer, hollow metal, or plastic laminate are all options for your lead-lined door’s material.
If your room contains one or more windows, you need to consider that you will need lead-lined window frames that will hold leaded X-ray glass or leaded acrylic. The frames can match the hollow metal door frames and be made to your specifications, including unusual measurements.
Sometimes, walls are not the best option or they need supplemental help when it comes to radiation shielding. Lead bricks offer existing rooms additional shielding. They come in a variety of styles and thicknesses and are beneficial to new construction because they can save space and provide stronger protection from radiation.
Lead glass and lead acrylic can be created in a range of thicknesses and serve as windows for X-ray control booths, operating theaters, and even doors.
For rooms that don’t need strong radiation protection, lead curtains may be your best bet. They come in many colors and can be customized to fit your space. Use them in a short-term location or as a privacy barrier for your patients.