X-Ray Aprons Market Overview
X-ray aprons are also known as lead aprons or leaded aprons used for protection against harmful radiations. It is a type of protective clothing that acts as the radiation shield. Lead X-ray aprons are used to reduce exposure of radiation to both patient and personnel.
X-ray aprons are made up of thin rubber sheet at the exterior. X-ray aprons are used along with lead gloves and lead glasses. The main purpose of using X-ray apron is to minimize the exposure of harmful X-ray to vital organs. Prolonged exposure to X-ray has been linked to increasing chances of developing cancer. X-ray aprons protect vital organs from harmful radiations exposed during medical imaging processes such as radiography, computed tomography, fluoroscopy and others.
X-ray aprons also help to protect reproductive organs. Protective reproductive organ is important as radiation may cause changes in the DNA of egg cell and sperm which leads to genetic defects in the offspring of the patients. According to researchers, the thyroid gland is most vulnerable to X-rays. Care should be taken to protect or cover thyroid gland using X-ray aprons or thyroid collars during dental radiographs.
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X-Ray Aprons Market: Drivers & Restraints
Increase in the number of medical imaging processes drives the global X-ray aprons market. Other factors such as rise in geriatric population and increase in awareness among the people also expanded the growth of global X-ray aprons market in the stated forecast period. Increase in the number of diagnostic imaging centers in developed and developing countries also boost the market growth of X-ray aprons.
Technological advancement and increasing prevalence of diseases that requires medical imaging also escalate the market growth of X-ray aprons. High cost and lack of reimbursement policies restrain the growth of X-ray aprons in the stated forecast period. Heaviness associated with the lead X-ray aprons has shown the detrimental effect on the health of the wearer, particularly spinal injuries also decline the growth of X-ray aprons market.
X-Ray Aprons Market: Overview
There are different types of X-ray aprons available in the market with various modifications. The regular lead X-ray aprons are made up of 100% lead and are the heaviest among all other types. The lead composite X-ray aprons are made up of lead and other light weighted metals such as barium and tin, making it lighter than the regular lead X-ray aprons.
Lead-free X-ray aprons are made up of non-lead attenuated metals. They are the lightest and provide complete protection, along with being These aprons are the lightest ones environmental friendly.
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X-Ray Aprons Market: Regional Outlook
X-ray aprons market is segmented on the basis of eight regions into North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific excluding Japan and China (APECJ), Japan, China and Middle East & Africa (MEA). North America is dominating the overall X-ray aprons market throughout the forecast period. The presence of better healthcare facilities, increase in the number of diagnostic centers and high patient awareness level are some of the leading factors accounting for the maximum market share in these regions.
This is followed by Europe, due to better healthcare infrastructure and increase in the number of diagnostic procedures. In developing regions such as Asia-Pacific, X-ray aprons market is expected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period due to improving healthcare infrastructure and increasing prevalence of chronic diseases. Middle East and African region is expected to grow at moderate rate due to poor healthcare facilities and lack of awareness among the patients.
X-Ray Aprons Market: Key players
Some of the leading players operating in the X-ray aprons market are: Lite Tech, Inc., Barrier Technologies, Wolf X-Ray, Shielding International, Inc., Biodex Medical Systems, Inc., Rego X-ray GmbH, Techno-Aide, Inc., and others.
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X-Ray Aprons Market: Segmentation
The global market for X-ray aprons is segmented on the basis of material type, end users and geography.
Based on the material type, X-ray aprons market is segmented into:
- Lead free X-ray aprons
- Light weight lead composite X ray aprons
- Lead X ray aprons
Based on end-user, X-ray aprons market is segmented into:
- Diagnostic Laboratories
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