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Radiation Badge

Why use Med-Pro radiation detection badges and not our competitors?

Simply put, Med-Pro, Inc.  takes care of its customers. Med-Pro offers free online management of your account that allows the Radiation Safety Officer or the designated account holder to have the ability of adding users to changing the color of theirs badges.  By empowering our customers to download their radiation detection reports at their convenience and offering some of the lowest rates in the industry, Med-Pro, Inc. has become one of the fastest growing dosimeter badge companies in the nation. How is this possible? We are committed to YOU the customer! We are constantly working to keep our services both easy and affordable for the end user.

Included with your subscription, you receive free downloads of your NRC Form 5 and you have the ability to change of users.  Our laboratory is one of the oldest in the industry and maintains all of the needed certifications that helps you become OSHA compliant. Our customer service agents are here to help and because we are constantly adding staff, we have one of the highest retention rates in the radiation monitoring badge industry. When other companies are trying to “nickel and dime” their customers,  at Med-Pro Inc. you will not find any hidden fee’s or be given teaser rates.

Remember, our prices are below the industry average and we are constantly improving our offerings to help make the overall radiation detection experience both easy and affordable.  When you want to save money and have the largest Panasonic TLD lab as your provider, go to http://Med-Pro to order your radiation detection badges in under 5 mins!

Flight Crew & Frequent Flier Radiation Exposure

Flight Crew & Frequent Flier Radiation Exposure

 Flight Crew & Frequent Flier Radiation Exposure is a topic that needs to be reviewed by the public and private sectors. When thinking about radiation exposure the most common image is the one of a health care worker, personnel of a nuclear facility or perhaps people on activities related to mining, particularly uranium. Seldom do we think about exposure to ionizing radiation when flying. Nowadays the most common source of exposure to radiation is manmade.

Since the beginning of time, human beings have been exposed to natural sources of ionizing radiation. Our planet is constantly being exposed to radiation; the atmosphere is constantly bombarded by cosmic rays while on the cortex of the earth there are several radioactive minerals. These along with other sources contribute to background radiation, which is a natural phenomenon. Everyone on the planet absorbs background radiation and the calculated average exposure of a human being is about 1.5 – 2.0 millisieverts/year.[1]

The atmosphere serves a type of shield against cosmic radiation, thus only a fraction of the total amount of the cosmic rays ever reach Earth. When we take a plane and move 30,000 feet over the sea level, we are on a place where the atmosphere is much more thinner and the exposure to cosmic radiation is higher (the shield is thinner). Your typical occasional traveller should have nothing to fear, as the amount of radiation absorbed is minimal. The real question that is being asked by some in the airline industry is in relation to exposure of radiation for frequent fliers and flight crews. Now, we are NOT saying that frequent fliers and flight crews have more of a chance of being diagnosed with cancer or other affects of radiation. What we can say is med-pro.net has many pilots/flight crews that have been using our radiation detection devices to measure the cumulative amounts of radiation.

Men and women working as pilots, flight attendants and other air crew positions spend a lot of time above 10,000 feet, thus the exposure to gamma rays and other ionizing radiation may be higher than usual, in fact it is around 1-10 Ms/year, which means they are half way to the (20 mSv/year)[2] benchmark. The FAA has developed a program called CARI that can be downloaded for free at CARI-6.. According to the website, the CARI-6 calculates the “effective dose of galactic cosmic radiation received by an individual (based on an anthropomorphic phantom) on an aircraft flying the shortest route (a geodesic) between any two airports in the world. The program takes into account changes in altitude and geographic location during the course of a flight, as derived from the flight profile entered by the user”. What the program does not take into consideration is the possibility of solar flares, storms, and radioactive payloads.

Several public studies have been developed to evaluate the health risks of civil aviation crews due to chronic, low dose radiation exposure. Although some results seem to be contradictory, the overall data suggests there may be an increased risk of cancer for this group. If this is the case, there’s still an unanswered question “if there is an increase of cancer, can it be related to radiation exposure?”

Current knowledge about occupational risks of flight crews does not allow us to state that increased radiation exposure is the cause of cancer. There may be other associated risk factors such as exposure to chemicals and a disruption of sleep patterns. We believe further investigation and study is necessary regarding the health of frequent fliers and aircrews. In 1994 the FAA designated pilots and flight attendants as officially being classed as “radiation workers”. As mentioned, flight crews regularly working on high-latitude flights are exposed to more radiation than workers in nuclear power plants. Should airlines require measuring the radiation exposure of their flight crews?

Present regulations do not require personal radiation monitoring for flight crews. However, radiation detection badges (TLD or film badges) might be a useful tool in helping monitor cumulative exposure. We are also advocating that collective longitudinal studies to determine what affects radiation, sleep depravation and other factors that may put flight crews and frequent fliers at risk should be considered.

Next time you need to catch a plane, don’t worry! Your own exposition to radiation coming from the outer space will be only 0,16 mSv for each hour of flight, which means you should absolutely be fine! If you are a frequent flyer or a crew member, perhaps it is time to learn a little bit more about radiation detection and related risks when flying. Email us at sales@med-pro.net if you are considering using a radiation detection badge. To purchase our radiation detection service for only $64.00 a year go to Order Now.

Use this tool produced by Los Alamos National Laboratory to understand your radiation exposure http://environweb.lanl.gov/newnet/info/dosecalc.aspx

[1] http://www.ansto.gov.au/NuclearFacts/AboutNuclearScience/NaturalBackgroundRadiation/index.htm

[2] http://www.clarku.edu/mtafund/prodlib/clark/round6/Ionizing_Radiation.pdf page 113, title 9.

No Hidden Fee’s With Med-Pro, Inc. Radiation Monitoring

What should my practice expect from Med-Pro, Inc?

Change users with no fee
Comprehensive reports available online with your exposure history automatically updated
Badges sent automatically
No account maintenance or set-up fees
Free Control badges with every shipment
Automatic renewal

Med-Pro, Inc. offers personalized X-ray badges and uses state-of-the-art technology with 4 elements to measure exposure at 3 tissue levels and include report from an NVLAP/ISO accredited laboratory.

Dentists Only Discount-Radiation Safety

Because dentists play such a key part of our business, this summer we are honoring you! Simply sign up for our dosimetry services, say “summer 2013” and you will receive up to 10% off our already prices. Remember, we have no hidden fee’s or additional costs for reviewing your reports.

SIgn up for your radiation badges in only 5 minutes!. It’s that easy!

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This offer is good only for dental practices during the months of June-August.

Small Doses of Radiation Linked to Cancer

According to the Environmental Protective Agency (EPA), small amounts of radiation can be linked to an increase in cancer. According to the EPA, exposure to one 1 rem of ionizing radiation in small doses over a lifetime will increase your risk of getting cancer. To put this in perspective, most people receive about 3 tenths of a rem (300 mrem) every year typically in the form of radon. There has been a lot of debate recently about the underutilization of safety measures for individuals exposed to radiation (much of which is in the work place). Med-Pro, Inc. is an advocate for radiation monitoring for those exposed to any amount of radiation over 300 mrem. Dosimetry badges (tld badges) have proven to be the industry standard for passive radiation detection. Let us partner with you to safeguard your employees and your business. Visit us at www.med-pro.net.


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