Answer to Question #9899 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:

How long can we use a lead apron if it does not have any folds or if it does not have any problems?
A lead apron can be used indefinitely as long as it is taken care of and has no significant defects (as determined by x raying the apron at least once per year).

Kennith “Duke" Lovins, CHP
Health Physicist
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