Dress up for radiation

3 November 2002

A garment that provides radiation blocking without lead shielding has been launched by US-based Radiation Shield Technologies.

The garment uses a trademarked "lightweight, non-toxic and lead-free radiation protection fabric" known as Demron, fused between two outer payers of fabric. The company says it can be manufactured in any garment pattern including full-body suits.

The new material is said to be "a patented nano-technology", developed by Dr Ronald DeMeo to protect medical professionals from the harmful effects of X-rays. DeMeo said: "I have worked around radiation my entire career and I have seen what it can do to the human body, even at low levels." Dr DeMeo's patents concern impregnation of materials with lightweight radiopaque compounds such as barium sulphate and fenestrated aluminium.
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