Frequently Asked Questions

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What are x-rays? How do they increase your risk for cancer?

Medical x-rays, classified as ionizing radiation, are a type of radiation created by using large amounts of electricity.

When x-rays or any ionizing radiation pass through the body they cause electrons to be ejected from atoms, leaving behind positive ions. Positive ions, or free radicals, can cause damage to DNA.

A cell with damaged DNA can:

  • Die
  • Repair itself perfectly
  • Repair itself with mistakes

The inaccurate repair of a cell, though rare, is what can cause a cell to grow widely and/or grow into cancer.

What protects me from x-ray in an apron?

There is a flexible, vinyl material with protective metal elements that block x-ray such as: lead, antimony, bismuth, tungsten and barium.

Some names for this protective material are core material, barrier, inner material, etc.

What apron styles are good for me?

The most important factor is whether you need a front apron or full (anterior and posterior) protection apron. Your angle of exposure and movements during x-ray procedures and your specific weight needs will also help you decide on an apron.

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What’s the difference between lead equivalences?

The standard lead equivalences are: 0.50mm, .035mm, and 0.25mm LE.

Depending on your distance to radiation, duration and proximity of exposure determine your lead equivalence. Please always check with your facility’s Radiation Safety Office (RSO) and state regulations on the protection standard before placing an order.

What is the lightest weight apron made from?

Ultra-lite weight aprons are usually lead equivalent and made from a combination of antimony and tungsten.

How do I know I am protected?

Apron manufacturer core materials must conform to specific standards depending on the country they are in. Testing methods and records must be maintained on the performance of said manufacturer’s core material and should be made available upon request.

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What is the protective standard that manufactures conform to?

In the USA, ASTM test Method F 2547-06 testing standards are the norm.

In Europe and the rest of the world, IEC 2014 61331-1 is the standard. IEC standards are considered more rigorous and difficult to pass than ASTM

    Do lead-free aprons protect as well as lead aprons?

    Recent studies have found that lead-free aprons protect slightly less (1-2%) than their standard lead counterparts when higher level kV (>100) and lower level kV (<80) are used.

    Keep in mind, lead-free aprons were always made to conform to standards based on protective kV ranges of 80 to 100, which is a widely used range during medical procedures.

    Are lead-free core materials made with pure antimony dangerous?

    It is understood in the apron industry that antinomy alone is not a good protective element for x-ray. While few manufacturers do this, there are still some (even in the USA) that only make the core materials using antimony.

    A properly balanced core material will contain a combination of two or more attenuating elements.

    Do I need to get measured for my radiation protection wearables?

    No, Acadian is happy to provide you with a sizing form that will determine which apron will fit you best.

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    How do I check on the status of my order?

    Please contact us with your PO or Confirmation number:


    About how long does it take to make an apron? What are your normal lead times?

    An apron, depending on frontal or full protection styles, can take between 2-4 hours to complete. Normal lead-time is 4-6 weeks from the order date (20-25 business days.)

    What is the best way to care for my lead apron?

    Proper care and maintenance not only keeps your apron looking good, it will help maintain the garment’s safe performance. Furthermore, failure to properly care for your apron may void its manufacturer’s warranty. Don’t fold, crease, drape or sit down tightly on your garments. Consider apron and glove racks to store your protective apparel.

    What is your return policy?

    Customized aprons are generally not accepted or permitted to be returned. However, alterations will be offered and will do our best to work with you on a fair and acceptable resolution.

    All aprons are covered against manufacturer defects or failures for 2 years.

    What if I don’t see what I want?

    Acadian can create custom personal radiation upon request.

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    Can you repair quality check apron items?

    Acadian offers repair and recovery on items that have passed quality checks. We offer repairs on binding, fabric, velcro, buckles and sizing. We are happy to provide you additional information on this program.

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    What is the best way to clean my lead apron?

    Keep your garment clean by wiping away stains as soon as possible, using cold water and mild detergent, or a product designed specifically for apron cleaning. Acadian has these products available for purchase.

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