Personal radiation protection patents teach avoidance

Patents showing personal radiation protection devices illustrate that the best protection against radiation is avoiding radiation in the first place. Because multiple forms of nuclear radiation have the ability to pass through various materials, personal protective equipment protecting against that radiation is cumbersome. United States patent number 7,608,847 to Chet Rees teaches a cumbersome suspended personal protective device to shield medical personnel from radiation.

Rees personal radiation protection patent

Rees personal radiation protection patent

United States patent 4,254,341 which issued which issued to Marianne Herr of Germany teaches the use of a cumbersome lead shield in the form of an apron to protect doctors and other medical personnel from radiation associated with x-ray equipment.

Herr medical radiation personal protection patent

Herr medical radiation personal protection patent

Rather than teaching how a person could use personal protective equipment to shield themselves from radiation, these patents illustrate that the best protection against radiation is to avoid it entirely or to physically separate yourself from the radiation source using materials such as lead. Of course, shielding yourself from a particular radiation source is not the only issue when it comes to radiation. Because radiation can come from dust, food, or other sources, for most people having a good understanding of where you may be exposed to radiation and avoiding that exposure is likely more important than other personal protection steps that could be taken.