Lead Shielding Materials
Designing and building a Radiation Room can be a confusing process. Anode Imaging is your one stop-shop for all aspects of the project. We can help you design the best layout, provide a lead shielding report specific to your equipment/building/business, and provide the Lead Materials that your contractor will need to get the room ready for use.
After the amount of Lead Shielding has been determined, Anode Imaging can provide the most competitive pricing in the industry! The most common material types our customers order are:
- Sheet Lead (Pure lead sections, arrive rolled up)
- Leaded Drywall (lead that is laminated to a sheet of drywall, typically 4’x 8’x 1/2”)
- Lead Glass (most common size is 12”x12”)
- Lead Window (most common size is 12”x12”)
- Lead Door (most common size is 3’-0” x 7’-0”)
We deliver the Lead Materials to anywhere in the USA!
Lead Sheets are an ideal solution for your radiation shielding needs. Our sheet lead meets and exceeds Federal QQL-201 and ASTM B749 standard specifications. These sheets of lead are easy to unroll, bend, cut, and shape without the need of special tools. We ship sheet lead rolled and shrink wrapped to a pallet.
We offer sheet lead in a wide array of thickness to meet any needs. Some typical thicknesses are:
- 1/32” (2 lb/sq ft)
- 1/16” (4 lb/sq ft)
- 3/32” (6 lb/sq ft)
- 1/8” (8 lb/ sq ft)
Our high-quality sheet lead can be adhered to drywall, plywood sheathing or other materials. Sheet lead is a very effective x-ray and gamma radiation shield. Other uses of sheet lead include waterproofing, soundproofing and vibration dampening.
Please contact us for a quotation on your sheet lead requirements.
Gypsum drywall panels are pressure laminated with permanent adhesive to unpierced sheet lead and arranged to provide effective lead shielding through all joints. These Gypsum board panels are secured to studs with drywall screws. Leaded drywall panels will be greater than or equal to the attenuation level specified by the physicist. Leaded drywall sizes are typically on 5/8” thick or ½” thick 4’ x 8’, 4’x 9’ or 4’x10’ sheetrock gypsum wallboard with 49” wide sheet lead rolled up to 7’ or 8’ high.
Some typical lead thicknesses are:
- 1/32” (2 lb. per sq. ft.)
- 1/16” (4 lb. per sq. ft.)
- 3/32” (6 lb. per sq. ft.)
- 1/8” (8 lb. per sq. ft.)
- Place leaded side of drywall against studs.
- Drill pilot holes for screws to prevent deformation of lead.
- A minimum lead overlap of one inch is required at all joints and corners.
- Extend lead overhang at least one inch into all frames or openings.
- Fasten lead lined drywall to studs with screws placed a maximum of eight inches on center.
- Install sheet lead over or behind all penetrations, cuts, or punctures to ensure continuity of radiation shielding.
Drywall can be taped, floated and finished as required. Protect installed materials from damage by other construction. Have shielding tested by approved personnel. Shielding must comply with all federal and state regulations.
Leaded X-Ray Glass is required in almost all Radiation rooms to provide method of the Operator to see the patient before taking the exposure. Most of our customers order the Leaded X-Ray Glass along with the Leaded Telescoping window frame in order to ensure that the Lead from the wall overlaps to the frame, which overlaps to the glass and creates a safe working environment where no radiation is leaking through the wall.
When compared to acrylic/plastic shielding, leaded glass:
- Has half the weight of plastic with same shielding
- Transmits more light than plastic shielding
- Noncombustible as compared to toxic fumes emitted from of plastic if burned or cut
- LX-57B glass has the same Moh’s hardness as feldspar (a constituent of granite)
Standard Sizes Are:
- 10” x 10”
- 12” x 12”
- 12” x 16”
- 12” x 20”
- 12” x 24”
- 24” x 24”
- 36” x 36”
There are many more custom sizes that can be made. Contact us today for a quote!
Lead doors are doors which are lead-lined. They are a proven method of shielding against radiation and to provide noise cancellation.
Radiation doors must be shielded with the same lead thickness value (or greater) as the partition or wall the door occurs in. Doors must be internally shielded with a single sheet of lead covering full height and width of door.
Lead core doors are much heavier than unprotected doors, and therefore special hardware, framing, and hinge systems need to be considered, due to both weight and shielding requirements. For example pivot or continuous hinges that are specifically designed to carry the weight of lead-lined doors are often used. The door framing systems must also be lead-lined to ensure a complete protective barrier.