In medicine, there are two sides of the coin to gamma rays and x-rays: On the one hand, they can speed up the healing process or allow for more exact and quicker diagnoses. Yet, they can also damage tissue and organs depending on the type of radiation and the dose levels. Personnel who work in radiology or nuclear medicine and are involved with radiation procedures on a daily basis absolutely must have protection with no holds barred.
Thus, SCHOTT has developed radiation shielding glass which works suitably well as a viewing window or for door or panorama glazing in x-ray rooms and operating rooms, radiotherapy stations, practices and laboratories. As the sole manufacturer of this type of glass in Germany, the technology group can offer safety and quality backed by “made in Germany” credentials as well as decades of expertise in customized follow- through processing.
Large-format solutions such as a 4m-wide and 85cm-high viewing window for the x-ray room of a children’s cardiology clinic are a result of this mix of capabilities. Deployed in the solution was SCHOTT’s radiation shielding glass RD 50®, which thanks to its high density, yet minimal thickness, provides reliable protection. But it is not just facilities that can be equipped with the protective glass, but medical equipment as well, as the RD 30® option often serves as a mobile shield in mammography. It is the only monolithic x-ray shielding glass with a lead equivalent of 0.5 mm Pb, providing pro tection as good as lead with the same thickness (with a 6 mm glass thickness). “With these two products serving as a foundation, we offer the highest flexibility for a wide number of solutions. For several architects and planners, our radiation shielding glass is at the top of their lists,” notes Matthias Anton, product manager with SCHOTT.