The advantages of x-ray machines and fluids for treatment methods clearly outweigh the risks of limited exposure of hospital personnel and patients to radiation. Yet to make sure that the exposure is reduced to a minimum, maximum protective measures must be taken. This includes applying radiation-proof sliding doors to seal ORs and x-ray departments.
X-ray machines and fluids are regularly used in healthcare for diagnostic as well as therapeutic purposes. Think of CT scans, X-ray scans, fluoroscopy, X-ray screening and radiotherapy. Radiation is released during this process. In case of one-off exposure, the small risk does not outweigh the advantage of a fast and accurate diagnosis through use of x-ray machines. However, in case of repeated exposure, radiation can pose a risk to patient safety. It is important to protect employees, passers-by and patients against unnecessary exposure. For example, walls and floors that seal ORs are lined with lead to ensure people's safety. However, the sliding access doors must also ensure that radiation does not leak to adjacent rooms. In this article, we will explain how radiation works, what the dangers are, and how Metaflex hospital doors can contribute to safety in hospitals.