Why is Radiation Protection important?
Nowadays, a short walk under the hot sun requires one to carry an umbrella or wear gloves until elbows to prevent the skin from getting allergies or burns. Similarly, the radiation from medical devices has to be contained to protect one from having a long-lasting impact on one’s body.
Ionizing radiation is extensively used in the field of medicine by healthcare professionals for diagnosing various body ailments. The exposure to harmful radiations like X-ray, gamma rays, beta rays, or radiation from certain isotopes is therapeutic and at the same time cancerous. The radiation has the ability to damage the cells in the body resulting in the crumbling of tissues and organs.
Importance of Radiation Protection Accessories:
The side effects of radiation can not be limited to acute skin allergies or redness, radiation burns, or hair loss but also to damaging the DNA of cells which has the capability to harm the future generation too. Thereby, the usage of radiation protection accessories like radiation protection shields, aprons, gloves, and eye wear comes to the rescue.
Any part of a human’s body can get exposed to ionizing radiation while medical imaging and it is crucial to shield the whole body. A well-fitted radiation protection apron guards the body of both the patient and the medical practitioner from the scatter of radioactive elements in the imaging room.
The hands of the physical examiner have more chances of getting exposed to radiation while performing X-ray fluoroscopy or working under any other imaging environment. The usage of lead free gloves restrict the entry of radiation into the skin.
The most important part of the body that has to be cherished for a long period of time is the eyes. The eyes are one of the most vulnerable and sensitive parts that can become easy predators to radiation beams. Finely designed European glasses can absorb 99% of the radiation while the molded framed glasses can be worn for long hours.
Radiation Protection Shields:
Radiation protection shields are best at protecting the sensitive parts of the human body. Kiran’s range of radiation protection head shields, gonad shields, patient shields, and the ovarian shields are designed with ergonomic safety features to safeguard one from scattered radiation.
Pregnancy and Radiation Protection:
Pregnant women are usually advised not to go through radiation, since the beam has the power to harm the fetus inside the womb. If necessary, the beam restricting radiation protection devices can be used to reduce the impact of radiation on a pregnant woman.
The vast usage of radiation protection devices like eye wear, disposable gloves, aprons, and skirt vests requires proper handling and storage for safety and better usage. The mishandling of radiation protection devices might also increase the risk of the exposure to ionizing radiation. Awareness on the usage, storage, and the safety of radiation protection devices saves one from any unforeseen disasters.
The radiation protection aprons must not be folded as it might develop cracks that allow the radiation beams inside the body. It is better to hang the apron in a hanger for a long shelf life. A small crack or tear on the apron requires an immediate replacement.
The eye glasses require a wash with warm water to remove dirt and debris from the glasses. The glasses must be cleaned gently with a microfiber cloth to prevent scratches. The glasses must be stored in their respective cases and must be frequently checked for damages.
Ionizing radiation has helped the medical community provide efficient healthcare services. At the same time, healthcare professionals are also cautious about the safety of patients from the radiation beams, knowing the impact it would have on one. Trivitron’s Kiran has a wide range of radiation protection products and storage systems to ensure a safe working environment that promotes well-being of the whole community.