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Lead Apron Testing and Inspection with Lead Apron Check Software

Testing Lead Aprons is a requirement from State X-Ray Boards and other regulatory bodies such as The Joint Commission (TJC, JCAHO) and Det Norske Veritas (DNV), and has been in place for many years.

Lead Apron Damage Vampire Marks
Figure 1. Common causes
of vampire marks
"ApronCheck.com has solved the identification and methodology problem."

Until now, the two biggest hurdles to a successful lead apron testing and lead apron tracking program have been:
  1. Not having a system and methodology for actually identifying and tracking all lead aprons in the facility.
  2. Not having standards that can be used during the actual apron inspection process.
Some regulatory bodies have rules that aprons should be X-rayed, and others say the tactile method (feeling the apron for holes) is acceptable for inspecting lead aprons.

Currently, to our knowledge, there is no specific regulatory standard that outlines how lead apron testing itself should be performed only that lead apron testing / inspections *should* be performed.



Inspect your lead aprons:

Lead Apron Problem that requires reporting under JCAHO, DNV and State
Figure 2. Lead apron testing shows lead rot.
  1. What should the inspection method be? Visual (looking at the apron), X-ray/fluoroscopy or tactile (feeling the apron for holes)? We believe that X-ray/fluoroscopy is the best method because you can see issues like lead rot (Figure 2) and vampire marks (Figures 1 & 3) that can cannot be found by the visual or the tactile method.
  2. If X-Ray is used what kVp should be used?
    1. Should the kVp be different for different thicknesses of lead?
    2. Should the kVp be different for different brands of lead (regular lead, lite lead, no lead).
  3. If digital X-ray or fluoroscopy is used, is there a need for a different standard for visualization on a digital display device because of windowing and leveling and the short contrast scale of lead aprons when imaged?
  4. How big of a hole in a lead apron is unacceptable?
  5. How big of a crack in a lead apron is unacceptable?
  6. How big of a tear in a lead apron is unacceptable?
  7. How many small holes or cracks over an entire lead apron would make a lead apron unacceptable?
  8. Would a hole or crack over a specific organ automatically make the lead apron unacceptable?
Lead Apron testing and tracking issue
Figure 3. Lead apron testing shows vampire marks



Upcoming:

ApronCheck is currently working on developing a lead apron testing document, as well as lead apron test tools, that address some of the issues outlined above along with many other lead apron inspection issues.

If you have information about your state or other regulatory group that covers how to perform lead apron testing, or any other information about lead aprons, and you would like to share it with us, please click to share your lead apron info.