Burlington Medical Introduces Lightest, Most Effective Radiation Protection Material Yet

HAMPTON ROADS, Va., July 11, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Burlington Medical, engineers of the highest quality and lightest weight radiation protection aprons in the industry, recently launched an advanced new core material for its Enviro-LiteA® and Burlitea?? products, made entirely in the U.S. The new core material is 21% lighter than standard lead-vinyl and as much as 4 lbs. lighter than other protective materials on the market. The new and improved Enviro-LiteA® and Burlitea?? products will keep medical providers, including nurses, radiological technicians, dentists, and more, healthy, safe, comfortable, and supported all day long.While lead as a protective material is the most effective at blocking radiation exposure, it's also the heaviest. Burlington created the new, lightweight product after many lead wearers requested a lighter option that's just as effectivea??and easier on the body."Anyone wearing a lead apron for 12 hours a day or more is carrying around a lot of extra weight," anywhere from 5 to 30 lbs., says Nathan Winnagle, director of engineering at Burlington Medical. "That's why there was such a push to find something other than lead for our products." Many wearers experience musculoskeletal problems, including lower back pain, from extended wear time. For example, wearing a 15-lb. lead apron can place pressures of up to 300 lbs. per square inch on intervertebral disks. Fifty-two percent of radiologists report lower back pain, and research shows that wearers have an increased risk of back and neck problems, often resulting in health issues and requiring days off work.
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