Chief Technical Officer of Artemis Shielding, Dr. Paul J. Fenelon, Publishes First Article in Series

Is the demise of lead as the standard bearer for attenuation of X-rays and high energy radiation about to occur?*

FT. PAYNE, Ala., Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- *1st in a series of articles recommending economic replacement of lead in different applications as an attenuator for x-rays and high energy electromagnetic radiation. Applications to include lead lined drywall and plywood, protective aprons and clothing, security curtains, FDA compliant curtains for evaluating foodstuffs and mobile barriers.

By Dr. Paul J. Fenelon, Chief Technical Officer, Artemis Shielding.

Artemis Shielding Apron with thyroid collarArtemis Shielding Custom BarrierArtemis Shielding ApronArtemis Shielding Apron Shortly after the discovery of X-rays by Rontgen in 1885 it became obvious that X-rays, a subset of electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths in the 0.01 to 10.0 nanometers range, were a very important class of matter with the inherent ability to be a Key Diagnostic Tool for Medical Science. The importance of this class of matter was recognized by the scientific community at large as exemplified by the subsequent host of Nobel Prizes in Physics awarded to researchers in this field including Rontgen for its discovery, the Curies for their early pioneering work in the field, Einstein for his breakthrough Photo Electric Effect, Compton for his contribution on Photon Scattering, and the Braggs for their basic research on X-ray Crystallography.

It also became obvious after the discovery of X-rays that exposure, both short term and long term, to this class of matter could be very detrimental to human health. It is noteworthy that this negative aspect was experienced first-hand by Madame Marie Curie who passed away in her mid-sixties due to Cancer of the Blood brought about by overexposure to X-rays. The dilemma on hand then was to find a way to take advantage of the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Benefits of X-rays while at the same time having in place safeguards to control and restrict overexposure. Hence lead, due to its low cost, Malleable nature, high atomic number, high specific gravity, and ready supply, was selected early on as the material of choice, in essence lead became the standard bearer for attenuation of X-rays and still is, to a large extent, today.

History and Toxicology of lead.

Lead (Pb) is ubiquitous and one of the earliest metals discovered (6000 BC) by the human race. Unique properties include, softness, high malleability, ductility, low melting point, and resistance to corrosion, have resulted in widespread use in different industries like automobiles, paint, ceramics, plastics, attenuation of electromagnetic radiation, ballast, ammunition etc. This in turn has led to manifold rise in the occurrence of free lead in biological systems and the environment.

Lead is regarded as a potent occupational toxin and its toxicological manifestations are well known. The non-biodegradable nature of lead is the prime reason for its prolonged persistence in the environment.

There is no level of lead that appears to be 'safe' and lead toxicity is a particularly insidious hazard with the potential of causing irreversible health effects. It is known to interfere with a number of body functions primarily affecting the central nervous system and It is estimated that in underdeveloped countries that "lead poisoning" was responsible for more than 800,000 deaths in 2013.

"When the negatives outweigh the benefits, it is time to replace and move On." - Anonymous

Be sure to read the next article in this series, Prevention of lead induced toxicity.

Artemis Shielding is a VOB owned and operated radiation shielding manufacturer based in Fort Payne, Alabama. To learn more about Artemis Shielding and their complete range of non-toxic high efficiency shielding products and custom shielding solutions visit www.ArtemisShielding.com.

Contact: Cooper Magli (256) 979-1136 cmagli@artemisshielding.com

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What Are These Retired Special Forces Soldiers' Next Target? LEAD.

FT. PAYNE, Ala., March 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A company run by retired U.S. Army Special Forces Operators has developed the most affordable lead-free radiation shielding product line available in the market today. Artemis Shielding, a radiation shielding manufacturer headquartered in Ft. Payne, Alabama is quickly revolutionizing the shielding industry by offering non-toxic, lead-free products that are manufactured in the U.S. to IEC and ASTM international standards.

"Medical professionals across the world leave their careers prematurely due to pain and disability brought on from years of wearing heavy lead vests," said retired U.S. Special Forces medic and now Artemis Shielding's Chief Operating Officer Joe Priest. "The world needs more doctors and nurses, not fewer. We can greatly prolong and enhance their work life by providing them a low-cost apron that is significantly lighter than lead and shields just as well."

A 2016 American College of Radiology study concluded that lead-containing shields and aprons in the medical environment are potentially a more widespread source of hazardous lead exposure than previously thought. The study found that 63% of the aprons tested had detectable surface lead. (Burns 2017- http://www.jacr.org/article/S1546-1440(16)31107-3/abstract)

"There is just no place for lead in a hospital, but unfortunately there was no economical alternative, until now," said Priest. "Our mission is to eliminate lead and reduce radiation exposure in the hospital environment."

The Artemis Shielding NanoTek™ x-ray apron is in the final stages of testing among several major medical facilities across the U.S. A size large apron for the 80 KvP environment weighs approximately 5.9 pounds compared to 11 pounds for a comparable lead apron. "We expect our aprons to be competitively priced with its traditional lead counterpart and much less than the other lead-free options," Priest concluded. The company plans to have the aprons commercially available by April 1, 2018.

In addition to aprons, Artemis Shielding's proprietary blend of thermoplastic polymer alloys and high atomic number elements manufactured using a proven and economical process allows the company to provide a suite of highly effective lead-free products such as x-ray curtains and mobile barriers.

The company has also developed custom solutions for a range of end use applications for industrial, testing, medical, dental, neutron and experimental facilities.

Artemis Shielding's CEO, also a retired U.S. Special Forces operator, has put together a team of military veterans, physicists, engineers, and industry leaders to target lead for elimination. Among them is Artemis Shielding Sales Manager Ben Hofmeister who, like his colleague Priest, was a Special Forces medic. "Our products work as good or better than lead. They can be about fifty percent lighter and thinner depending on the application, and we are zeroing in on being as affordable. When you account for the installation and disposal costs of lead, it is no contest."

To learn more about Artemis Shielding and their complete range of non-toxic, high-efficiency shielding products and custom shielding solutions, visit www.ArtemisShielding.com.

Contact: Cooper Magli (256) 979-1136 cmagli@artemisshielding.com

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