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Radiation protection apron, 1920-1958

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A layer of lead is incorporated into this apron. It helps protect the wearer, an X-ray technician, from harmful radiation. It became standard protective equipment. The apron is made of cloth. With the lead, it weighs around five kilos. It is seen with a pair of protective gloves (A606876). These are also lead lined. X-rays were discovered in 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845-1923). X-rays were so-called because the nature of the newly discovered rays was unknown. The first committee to investigate possible ill effects of X-rays was formed three years later in 1898. Reports of burns and dermatitis due to the rays were frequent by this date.

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Glossary: radiology

The scientific study of X-rays and other high energy radiation, especially as used in medicine.

Glossary: apron

Garments worn over main garments for protection and sometimes ornamentation. Usually cover the front of the body and tie at the waist with strings, but may have a bib or shoulder straps. There are specialist types such as those containing lead to give radiological protection.

Glossary: radiation

Transmission of any type of energy by means of rays, waves or as mobile sub-atomic particles (electrons, neutrons and protons).

Glossary: radiation protection equipment

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