Nebraska Patent of the Month – January 2021
Depending on the dose, radiation from x-rays and other imaging scans can affect cells by changing, damaging or killing them. That’s why doctors and dentists cover areas of the body that don’t need to be exposed to radiation when performing x-rays. This protects cells and keeps them healthy. These coverings are called radiation shields (or splash shields). At the dentist, they may make you put on a sort of vest, or lay something similar to a blanket on you that’s very heavy. The coverings are usually made of lead or other materials that provide radiation protection. Stationary walls and barriers are also types of radiation shields used by healthcare professionals. These are the people most at risk of exposure, as they regularly treat patients with radiation imaging processes and can experience repeated radiation exposure. So, Radux Devices, LLC has created an innovative radiation shielding device.
The shielding device consists of a base, with several types of shielding connected to it. This way, the shielding is adaptable for the practitioner’s needs. The types of shielding attached to the base have different characteristics. For example, one can be a rigid wall-type shield, while another can be a flexible drape. The radiation shielding can be moved and positioned in order to provide healthcare practitioners the best protection from radiation exposure while still allowing them the ability to offer the best patient care. Unsafe levels of radiation come into contact with the side of the shielding facing the patient or source of radiation; while the material of the shielding reduces the radiation to safe levels on the other side of the shield. The shield is wide enough so that a practitioner’s arms and hands, which are often the most exposed to radiation, are protected.
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