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Radiation Shielding

Radiation shielding for such applications as x-ray shielding, MRI Shielding, Nuclear shielding and Neutron shielding can provide significant radiation protection for workers in the medical and nuclear industries.

Radiation shielding for applications including X-ray shielding, MRI shielding, Nuclear shielding and Neutron shielding can provide significant radiation protection for workers in the medical and nuclear industries.

The radiation getting through falls exponentially with the thickness of the shield. In x-ray facilities, the rooms are lined with lead sheetrock, operators stay behind a leaded glass and wear lead aprons.

In MRI Machines custom shaped lead shielding is built into the design of the machine. Nuclead has the capability to specially fabricate custom shielding to your specifications depending on your needs. Materials for neutron shielding and nuclear shielding are also available

Almost any material can act as a shield from gamma or x-rays if used in sufficient amounts. Shielding reduces the intensity of radiation exponentially depending on the thickness. As can be seen from the table below Lead shielding is the most effective and practical method of providing Protection

In MRI Machines custom shaped lead shielding is built into the design of the machine. Nuclead has the capablity to specially fabricate custom shielding to your specifications depending on your needs. Materials for neutron shielding and nuclear shielding are also available

The effectiveness of a shielding material in general increases with its density.

For more information on Lead Shields for protection click here.
 
For more information on Nuclead’s radiation shielding expertise click here and for some examples of Nuclead’s specific experience with radiation shielding please click here and with x-ray shielding click here

Column Halving Weight in the chart below indicates mass of material, required to cut radiation by 50%, in grams per square centimeter of protected area.

MaterialHalving Thickness, inchesHalving Thickness, cmDensity, g/cm³Halving Weight, g/cm²
lead0.4111.312
concrete2.46.13.3320
steel0.992.57.8620
packed soil3.69.11.9918
water7.218118
lumber or other wood11290.5616
depleted uranium0.080.219.13.9
air6000150000.001218

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