One of the many challenges in the use of x-ray and imaging equipment is protecting technicians and radiologists from exposure to radiation. Even in low-level types of applications, the cumulative results of this type of exposure have to be considered, and safety measures put in place.
On the other side of the equation is the need to be able to see the patient and the x-ray process. To address this issue, panels or booths that use lead lined glass and lead-lined construction materials can be designed to provide full protection while still maximizing visibility.
Properties of X-ray Glass
The use of lead lined glass or x-ray glass is widespread in both small and large medical and dental facilities where x-ray systems are in use. There are different thicknesses of glass available, with thicker glass offering higher protection and Malead equivalence.
The glass itself is very similar to any other type of glass, offering a clear visual field for the technician, while also allowing the patient to see the staff. This makes it easier for the patient and staff to communicate during the x-ray process, if necessary, for any reason.
Care and Maintenance
To meet the standards required in medical and dental facilities, lead lined glass can be disinfected using standard chemicals and procedures. Facilities using UV exposure for a disinfectant process can clean the glass using these methods.
To remove smudges, fingerprints, or other types of materials, warm water, and a soft cloth are all that is required. Stickers or adhesives should not be applied to the glass, and it is essential to avoid any dramatic temperature changes in rooms where the glass is in use. High humidity exposure is also not recommended for any type of x-ray glass, but this is rarely a concern in hospital and clinical settings.
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