Various forms of radiation are used in medical diagnostics and treatment, all forms are potentially dangerous and exposure must be carefully controlled to ensure the benefit to patients outweighs the risks from exposure.
Minimising this risk is achieved through controlling; The quantity radiation, Time of exposure, Dstance from the source Shielding using an effective material to block or reduce radiation
Radiation shielding effectively limits unnecessary radiation exposure to patients, medical staff and the public at risk of adverse effects while in the vicinity of a radiation source.
Many materials can act as a barrier to shield the harmful effects of ionising radiation. Due to the chemical properties of lead, it is particularly effective at containing harmful ionising radiation energy, until it is at a safe radioactive level, and is a cost effective option in most scenarios.
Varying levels of protection can be achieved by varying the thickness of lead shielding. Lead thickness is usually expressed in mm Pb. The specification of effective lead shielding is determined by the level of protection required. The level of protection required is dictated by the equipment, room orientation, amount of use and activities planned for the installation. A bespoke design, approved by an appointed Radiation Protection Advisor (RPA) is required for lead lined radiation shielding solutions.
AmRay provide solutions to the following international standards; 1 Radiation Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII), licensing requirements 2 EU Medical Ionising Radiation Protection Regulations, and 3 National Council on Radiation Protection & Measurements (USA)
Step 1 - Design Stage
Define level of protection>
Medical Physicist, registered as an RPA, appointed to a project determines the appropriate level of radiation shielding required and carries out a desktop design.
Step 2 - Installation
Install Bespoke Solution
AmRay engineer, fabricate and install a bespoke shielding solution in compliance to the RPA’s design.
Step 3 - Commissioning
Verify shielding solution
RPA coordinates testing of the shielding system in accordance to local authorities.
Where Amray have Provided Solutions
AmRay bespoke radiation shielding solutions can be found in primary care, private and public hospitals, dental practices and veterinary facilities across the world. Previous projects include solutions for the entire fit out of new departments, renewal or reconfiguration of existing facilities and replacement of shielding installed by nonspecialist suppliers found to be ineffective at commissioning. With over 30 years in the radiation protection industry, AmRay listen to customers needs and implement a practical, cost effective solution, every time. Request our full project reference list for further details.
Project Reference List
A sample of recent shielding installations, AmRay are proud to be involved with; Dublin Zoo, Dublin, Ireland - New veterinary complex, lead lined and non-lead lined door sets Hôpital Tenon, Paris, France - Reconfiguration of nucleur medicine department American Hospital Dubai, UAE - Entire lead shielding of new PET department Dental at Riverpoint, Limerick, Ireland - Radiation shielding in new dental surgery Blackrock Clinic, Dublin, Ireland - Radiation shielding in new Cath Lab Hôpital Jeanne de Flandre, Lille, France - Reconfiguration of X-Ray rooms Arzanah Medical Complex, Abu Dhabi, UAE - Radiation Shielding in all intervention rooms