In the construction of medical and dental x-ray rooms and facilities, and even in areas where radiation is used in food preparation processes or similar types of applications, the radiation levels are relatively low. However, it is still essential to ensure full containment of the radiation as the risk of radiation increases with any type of exposure.
A challenge in designing these rooms and areas within facilities is in providing visibility. This may include visibility for the technicians as well as visibility into and out of the room. In some applications, such as x-ray or diagnostic rooms in vet clinics or research facilities, the ability to see in and out becomes even more critical.
Leaded X-Ray Glass
A very practical solution to these challenges is found in lead lined glass . Also known as lead glass or leaded X-ray glass, this is a fully transparent and clear solution to allowing for visibility while also providing full radiation protection. Depending on the thickness and any necessary treatment of the glass for impact resistance, it may be virtually impossible to distinguish from a standard window.
The lead in the glass is designed to absorb the radiation, and the lead lined glass is designed to meet the required standards for use with equipment emitting different levels of radiation.
The lead lined glass can be cut to the desired shape for any type of application. It is also designed to be installed with specialized types of lead window frames that ensure complete coverage of the window opening and the area where the glass and the lead-lined plywood, gypsum or lead sheet or plate meet. This allowance for a slight overlap in the lead lined window frame material and the surrounding lead-line building product is required to prevent even small areas where radiation may be able to go through the structure.
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