Answer to Question #11608 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"

Category: Medical and Dental Equipment/Shielding — Lead Aprons

The following question was answered by an expert in the appropriate field:


Are x-ray aprons radioactive as a result of being exposed to x-ray radiation multiple times during the day all year?


X-ray aprons do not become radioactive after exposure to diagnostic x rays. X rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation similar to light but at a higher energy in the electromagnetic spectrum. The energy imparted by diagnostic x rays to the lead apron is converted to an imperceptible bit of heat, but they cannot impart radioactivity to the apron itself.

Michael J. Bohan

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