Lead Glass for X-Ray / Radiation Shielding
Lead glass is utilized in medical and industrial applications so that the operator can view the part or patient without being exposed to radiation. In most cases, the radiation attenuation of the glass must be a least equal to the wall or barrier in which the window is located. Lead acrylic material can also be used for viewing applications.
This glass is an extra dense flint glass with more than 65% lead oxide and greater than 70% heavy metallic oxide content that works with x-rays released by nuclear disintegration. It has a high light transmission despite its high refractive index, resulting in very good transparency.
Since there is no domestic manufacturer of sheet lead glass, suppliers order popular sizes to meet customer expectations. These popular sizes are noted below and it is suggested that window frames be sized 1/4" larger that the size desired to insure proper fit. If cutting is required, pricing will be based on the larger size piece.
The sizes noted above are available in various lead equivalencies; however, they are stock only in 1.6mm (1/16") and 2.1mm (<3/32") lead equivalencies. Other equivalencies must be ordered with a possible 6-8 week delivery required. Panes may be "stacked" to equal a special thickness.
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