Evaluating Choices In Lead Lined Glass

Radiation glass or x-ray glass is used in rooms and facilities where X-ray equipment is in use. This typically includes dental offices, medical offices, radiology and imaging centers as well as in research facilities.

The use of lead lined glass is important for several reasons. The most obvious issue is that without the lead lining, the glass would not have any ability to stop x-ray and gamma rays from moving through the glass and exposing individuals outside of the room to some level of radiation.

Many people assume that some types of glass, such as crystal, contain lead and are therefore able to provide protection from radiation exposure. If fact, this is not substantial and does not provide the level of protection required by the building codes specifically designed for areas where radiation is present.

Quality of the Glass

The best types of lead lined glass for these applications need to have the appearance to the eye of being clear, distortion-free and easy to maintain. Top manufactures produce x-ray glass that looks and functions just like typical glass used in medical facility construction.

The glass is usually surrounded by a telescopic section that allows for full integration and seamless coverage of shielding between the frame of the glass and the lead lined building material.

There may also be the option to consider a two-piece slip frame. This includes a jam, head, and sill to be manufactured to fit into the rough opening in the wall. Then, the lead lined glass and frame sit into the slip frame, providing the same level of complete coverage.

Compare the different frames and types of x-ray glass offered by the company. Some companies offer the option to double panes or single panes of glass in the windows, providing the protection required and the look that matches with other windows in the facility.