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  • Published In : May 2024
  • Code : CMI6999
  • Pages :165
  • Formats :
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  • Industry : Medical Devices
Market Challenge – Development of Advanced Radiation Shielding Materials

The limitations of certain materials for radiation shielding can hamper the medical radiation shielding market growth. Traditional shielding materials like lead have weaknesses that cannot be ignored. While lead provides excellent protection from radiation, it is extremely heavy and costly. Setting up lead radiation barriers and curtains requires robust infrastructure that not all healthcare facilities may have. It also poses occupational hazards during installation and maintenance due to its high density.  Lead emits toxic fumes if burned or melted, which can have dangerous consequences in the event of a fire. The limitations and drawbacks of current radiation shielding solutions makes it difficult for healthcare organizations, especially those in developing countries and rural areas, to set up adequate protective measures as per international radiation safety standards. For instance, according to the World Health Organization, over 45% of medical facilities in Africa lack properly shielded radiography rooms due to constraints of material access and budget. These risks exposing staff and patients to radiation dangers. With growing health awareness, people now question the lack of sufficient safety layers more than before. Therefore, the need for innovative shielding materials that can overcome present shortcomings while meeting diverse requirements can hamper the market growth.

Market Opportunity – Development of Advanced Radiation Shielding Materials

The development of advanced radiation shielding materials provides tremendous opportunity for medical radiation shielding market growth. Radiation therapy is a critical component of cancer treatment, but current shielding materials only provide limited protection. With advancements in treatment techniques that use more targeted and higher doses of radiation, there is an increased need for materials that can safely shield sensitive tissues and organs near the treatment area better than existing solutions. New materials being researched have the potential to revolutionize radiation shielding for medical use. Scientists are working to engineer composites with enhanced attenuation properties to further reduce radiation transmission and scatter. Some promising research utilizes arrangements of high atomic number metals, custom particle structures, and plastic matrix composites infused with additional shielding fillers. These advanced designs allow for thinner and lighter shields that achieve the same or better protection compared to current thick lead aprons and barriers. The flexibility and conformability of new materials may also enable more ergonomic shield designs tailored for each patient's unique anatomy.

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