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Radiation Safety in Nuclear Medicine: What Kind of Protective Equipment Do You Need?

Radiation safety in nuclear medicine is vital if you work in this important field. Whether you’re in the industry for research, diagnoses, or treatments, you can’t become complacent to safely using technology using radiation. While you no doubt take this seriously when working with patients, you also have to think about yourself and those working around you.

In the medical community, nuclear medicine frequently means working with imaging equipment that can emanate dangerous levels of radiation when in close vicinity. At the same time, working in this field means proper disposal and storage of radioactive equipment as well.

But does your medical facility have proper tools available to keep everyone fully protected? As your organization ages, your equipment might become too outdated to provide adequate protection for everyone.

This could lead to risky situations, if also eleventh-hour dashes to find quality tools that properly shield radiation. Here at Phillips Safety Products, we’ve designed numerous products with strong guarantees of 100% protection against radioactive materials.

Whether it’s to protect your co-workers, use storage units, or finding proper disposal methods, you’ll find various ways to keep yourself compliant with medical regulations.

Let’s look at what’s available and how these products provide the best safety available in the industry.

Finding the Best Protective Shields

Since radiation doses in nuclear medicine once averaged about 440 mrem, protective shields have become continually essential. While that radiation dose above was more prevalent in the 1990s, it’s since gone considerably lower. Even so, being exposed to radiation doses at this level for years could threaten everyone’s health without proper protective gear.

Protection shields come in different shapes and degrees of protection based on the radioactive equipment you use regularly. L-block shields are available through us for medical organizations working with low and high energy gamma-emitting radionuclides.

What’s important with an L-block shield is designing them with custom features since all medical facilities are different in radiation exposure levels. Yet, it’s challenging to find many companies that offer custom features.

Our L-block shields come with custom front shielding, various lead-glass window sizes, and made with stainless steel. With this in mind, we can provide a custom shield that matches your exact specifications.

However, you may simply need an L-block shield that protects your work area. Known as lead caves, these shields are very easy to assemble if you have any doubts. One model comes in just three pieces that easily bolt together in a short amount of time. An alternative model comes with interlocked lead bricks for another simple assembly.

The above products have stainless steel for the most durable products you’ll find anywhere. We’ll custom design these lead caves for you based on your provided measurements.

Dose calibrator shields are additionally available when you need protection while reading radiation levels in an ionization chamber. To accommodate your facility space, we’ll customize these just as easily as the shields above.

Finding Proper Radioactive Disposal Methods

Having to dispose of radioactive materials can become as challenging as finding ways to protect yourself. Not all disposal tools on the market have features that make it easier for those who get rid of dangerous items like radiopharmaceuticals, or even radioactive gloves.

We provide the best disposal products in the way of waste barrels and waste containers.

Our shielded waste decay barrels have top-tier construction so you’re guaranteed to eliminate any chance of getting radioactive exposure. Once again, we can design a custom product for you here with the specifications you provide.

If you need a larger-sized barrel than the standard, we’ll accommodate this. The same goes for thickness level on the lead shielding. With the drop-port hole being a vital part of these barrels, you have freedom to choose where you want it on the product. When you have to dispose of bulkier materials, you can request a drop hole that’s suitable in size.

For disposing smaller radioactive items, our shielded waste containers are compact enough where they don’t take up considerable space. They have custom designs once again, though they all come with a unique lid to thoroughly protect employees from inside contents while emptying.

When disposing radioactive syringes, a shielded sharps container is easily customized and has a key-lockable hinged top to prevent contents from accidentally falling out. Strategically placed handles make it easy to lift from one location to another.

Finding Proper Storage Products

You’ll inevitably have to find proper storage tools in radioactive environments. Without proper storage materials, someone could accidentally access these and get exposed to radioactivity without your knowledge. That’s just as important when transporting radioactive products to various locations.

Keep storage safe with products like our rectangular lead containers. These have a hinged lid that have ample space for padlocks to gain more solid protection. Again, they come with heavy-duty handles so those transporting can gain a good grip during handling.

Consider a lead-lined storage safe for your on-site storage needs. Inside, you have an adjustable shelf to fit any radioactive product you need to keep hidden away. Despite being intended for stationary use, you can still transport it with a pallet jack.

In a case where you’re working in a nuclear pharmacy, you’ll need a shielded generator container. Heavy-duty casters are available on these so you can easily move it to different departments. Plus, when needing to remove the generator, you’ll have access to a lifting hoist for complete safety.

Contact us here at Phillips Safety Products where you can rely on us for the best nuclear medicine products to assure no radioactive exposure accidents occur.