Burlington Medical Now Offers World’s Lightest Lead-Free Radiation Protection
Newport News, Virginia, July 5, 2022 –Burlington Medical, the world’s largest radiation protection manufacturer, has launched the XENOLITE® 800 NL (No-Lead) apron series. XENOLITE® 800 NL is a lead-free, super-lightweight, flexible, and recyclable x-ray radiation protection apron.
Super-Lightweight Lead-Free Radiation Protection
It is no secret that lead aprons are heavy, most weighing over 10 pounds. According to the Mayo Clinic, a recent study shows that many radiology professionals report musculoskeletal pain from the weight of lead materials. For radiologists, technicians and others who wear this kind of protective equipment for hours every day, the benefit of switching to lead-free could be life changing. Burlington Medical’s engineers agree that this new apron series will lessen the physical repercussions of long hours wearing unnecessarily heavy radiation protection garments.
Flexible Advanced Polymer Technology
Lead-free products are made from two attenuating elements. The XENOLITE® 800 NL series uses antimony and tungsten, which are supported, encapsulated, and homogeneously distributed in a tough-but-flexible, high-tech plasticized Dow elastomer matrix. The result is that our newly developed XENOLITE® 800 NL series is the lightest flexible radiation protection apron on the market today.
Most Effective Lead-Free Attenuating Material
Antimony provides more efficient attenuation against the portion of the photon spectrum below the K-edge window of lead (35 – 88 keV), complemented by tungsten, which is more efficient for stopping higher energy radiation ( > 69 keV), and covers the K-edge window of antimony ( < 35 keV).
Each year, over 150,000 lead x-ray aprons are disposed of, contributing to more than one million pounds of toxic lead metal waste across the globe. By developing environmentally friendly attenuation, like XENOLITE® 800 NL, LeeAnn Fachko, CEO of Burlington Medical, believes that this impact can be reversed. “Not only is this the lightest weight radiation protection garment on the market today, it is also one of the most protective lead-free materials because it provides radiation protection across a wider spectrum of kV thanks to the combination of antimony and tungsten. This material is flexible, comfortable and environmentally friendly.”
To learn more about Burlington Medical, their wholistic radiation protection, or their new attenuation material, visit https://www.burmed.com.
About Burlington Medical
Founded in 1930, Burlington Medical is an expert in end-to-end radiation protection. Utilizing the latest technologies, 3DLOOK body scanning and Gerber Technology pattern cutting for the most precise fit on the market, we are able to provide high-quality and exceptional service that benefits the health and safety of all healthcare providers working in a radiation environment. Recent acquisitions that have strengthened Burlington Medical’s global offerings include XENOLITE, Bar-Ray, Pulse Medical and ProtecX Medical.
Burlington Medical is ISO9001 certified and follows all guidelines of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International). ProtecX Medical is ISO 9001:2015 accredited, and compliant to the PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 and meets the stringent world standard IEC 61331-1:2014 (BBG* test method).
Melissa Fraley Agguini