2010

Topical Compositions and Glove for Protection and Shielding Against Radiation Exposure

These technologies have applications in military, nuclear energy, and emergency preparedness.

Over the past several decades, there has been a proliferation of medical diagnostic and treatment devices that involve the use of X-rays, beta rays, gamma rays, and radioactive isotopes. In addition, there has been recent concern regarding possible radiation exposure from nuclear weapons and terrorist attacks on nuclear facilities. Thus, there is a need for devices that can protect areas of the body that may be exposed to damaging radiation without hindering the user’s dexterity or loss of touch sensation.

This technology is a shielding compound and because of its ease of application and use, it helps to increase safety compliance procedures, which also helps to reduce time exposure. Despite various precautions, including monitoring and protective devices (such as lead aprons, gowns, collars, eyeglasses, and gloves), there exist ample occasions and unprotected body areas for unwanted radiation exposure. Protective devices frequently are not worn due to their weight, hindrance of dexterity, lack of touch sensation, and unmanageable awkwardness. Some areas of the body, notably the face, are nearly impossible to protect without wearing a cumbersome helmet.

This work comprises two technologies. One is a non-toxic, radio-opaque topical preparation to be applied to skin or other surfaces for fast and effective protection from dangerous ionizing radiation. The second technology is a glove with a radio-opaque filler sandwiched between two layers of the glove. This technology may be applied to such fields as medical, nuclear energy, military, and emergency preparedness.

This technology has the benefit of blocking ionizing radiation. Test results demonstrate the ability of the cream to block over 76% of X-ray radiation (80 kVp). The cream can be formulated to block more or less radiation, and can also be applied to fabrics. It is an alternative to heavy lead-shielding devices.

With this technology, medical staff are able to protect more parts of their body, military soldiers are not restricted by typically heavy and motion-restrictive shielding devices, and emergency preparedness is increased with this easy-totransport and easy-to-apply technology.

This technology is offered by yet2.com. For more information, view the yet2.com TechPak at http://info.hotims.com/28057-157.

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