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X-ray Glass for Application in Medical and Research Facilities to Protect Against Radiation

X-ray Glass for Application in Medical and Research Facilities to Protect Against Radiation

Date posted: August 27, 2015 // Glass

The SCHOTT® radiant resistant leaded glass is specialised X-ray glass that can be compared to the strength and X-ray penetration resistance of lead. The X-ray glass provides superior protection against X-rays and gamma. The RD50®’s weight consists mostly of lead oxide, which is the element that provides the shielding capacity.

Unlike other shield materials, the X-ray glass is transparent and because of its exceptional high density, it can absorb a high level of X-rays without having to be thick. The glass meets the requirements of EU Standardisation, German Institute of Standardisation and the International Electro-technical Commission standards. The glass meets the standards DIN EN 61331-2 and IEC 61331-2 requirements.

With glass having superior scratch resistance in comparison to plastic, glass is better suited for shielding against gamma and X-rays. With such, the glass will also last longer and protect people behind the glass from harmful effects of X-rays and gamma.

The glass can be applied as viewing windows in X-ray rooms or as doors with panorama glazing to help protect medical professionals from radiation in the various X-ray rooms. The glass can be used in offices, in glove boxes, medical theatres, radiation labs, and material test facilities too.

The RD50® glass can be cut into numerous shapes, adding to versatility in application and various processing options exist – from insulating and thermal insulating glass to laminated glass combinations with the RD50®.

Why the X-ray glass is so important

If gamma or X-rays penetrate human tissue, then one expect damage to the tissue and organs, especially if regularly exposed to the rays or exposed to a large volume of rays at once. The shielding glass available from the SCHOTT® brand is effective in protecting against such penetration, thereby enabling medical professionals, researchers and scientists to perform their jobs without risk of short and long term health conditions because of radiation exposure.

Installation Advice

The RD50® contains lead oxide and because of such, the surface can be attacked by alkalis and acids. It is therefore imperative to only clean the glass with water and manufacturer recommended non-abrasive cleaning agents using a soft lint-free cloth. Disinfection of the glass can be done using the special disinfectants available from the SCHOTT® brand.

It is vital to minimise the exposure of the glass to extreme temperature changes and changes in humidity. Special care should be taken when the glass is installed to use only approved sealants free from acids and any strong alkaline agents that can damage the glass. Don’t apply labels to the glass, as it is possible that the surface could react with the label adhesives.

The glass is available in various shapes and clients can request to have the X-ray glass treated before delivery for easier installation. Such treatments include the creation of holes or processing in cast resin for lamination of insulating glass. Clients can also request for screen printing on the glass. Upon purchasing of the glass, the client can request the names of the cleaning and disinfectant agents suitable for usage on the glass.

Protect your labs, X-ray rooms and medical theatres. Install the SCHOTT® X-ray glass to ensure ongoing shielding against gamma and X-rays.