Lead Markers And Information
Last updated on June 19th, 2020.
Lead Markers From Kemper Medical
Lead markers are instruments used to indicate certain key pieces of information on x-rays, and are a requirement in virtually any medical field. Whether it’s a veterinarian clinic, a dentist’s office, hospital, or chiropractic facility, all radiological technicians should be trained in the proper use of lead markers to ensure that proper diagnostics, and therefore treatment, can take place. All radiological technicians should be trained on the proper use of lead markers during the course of their schooling, and should know how to use them in their respective fields.
Because lead is a natural radiation blocker, the information and identification marks on x-rays are accomplished through negative space, leaving imprints that indicate things such as:
- The name of the patient.
- The time and date of the x-ray.
- The radiographer, often through an imprint of their initials.
- The indication of the right and left sides of the body.
- The position of the patient’s body at the time the x-ray was taken.
Lead markers tend to go by a variety of different names, including:
- Anatomical side markers
- X-ray lead markers
- Pb markers
- Radiologic film identification markers
With our lead markers, your x-rays will have all of the necessary information both medically and legally.
Our lead markers have all been manufactured by the most trusted and reliable medical supply companies, all of which have gained a reputation of excellence and quality.
Why Lead Markers Are Medically Required
Lead markers give radiological technicians the ability to record all relevant information on their x-rays, ensuring accurate diagnosis that can be used regarding later treatment. Without proper diagnostics, appropriate medical treatment can’t take place, and at the worst of times, can result in fatal outcomes.
Radiological technicians should know to position their lead markers directly within the main beam of radiographs. Specific details must be indicated properly, including a clear distinction of the right side of the body from the left.
Distinguishing between the right and left sides of the body is a medical necessity, most obviously in cases like:
- Dextrocardia: This is a condition in which one’s’ heart is located on the right side of their body, rather than the left.
- Situs Inversus: This is a condition in which the location of all organs is reversed.
When it comes to the medical importance of right/left distinction, these conditions are rather obvious. However, there are many more subtle conditions in which the left/right dichotomy is just as important.
It doesn’t matter if their use might seem arbitrary to the layman, lead markers are a strict requirement in almost all medical facilities. All x-rays must have the required information in clearly visible marks.
Why Lead Markers Are Legally Required
Lead markers aren’t just medically invaluable, they are also a strict legal requirement, as failing to have all of the relevant information will void an x-rays use as a legal document. This is important in the unfortunate event of a medical facility being sued for any reason. Radiation must pass through a lead marker in such a way that all of the necessary information is properly recorded. This information should be clear, legible, concise, and accurate.
Certain medical facilities may require that the radiological technician’s initials be recorded on the x-ray. It may also be required that the radiological technician use their own personal lead markers for all of their radiological diagnostics.
No matter what the requirements might be, Kemper Medical provides the high quality and affordable lead markers you need, ensuring that you are in full compliance with all requirements both legal and medical.
Lead Markers Come In Many Different Forms
- Skin Markers: These lead markers give radiological technicians the ability to highlight certain areas of the skin through bb markers, scar tissue wire, semi-translucent markers, and lead wire markers.
- Sun-Dial Radiology Markers: These give radiological technicians the ability to record information such as the amount of time that has passed between the initial injury of the patient, or the time in which they were administered, and the taking of the x-ray. With its center dial, this lead marker can record a timeframe of anywhere from fifteen minutes to forty eight hours.
- Positioning Radiology Markers: These lead markers are great for recording information during the taking of the x-ray, such as the position of the patient’s body, whether or not they were supine or erect, or whether or not their body was weight bearing.
- Mammography Radiology Markers: With a standardized set of abbreviations created by the ACR (American College Of Radiology), this lead marker set is comprised of a wide variety of markers that give radiological technicians the ability to label different mammographic images via various imprints.
- Informative Radiology Markers: These lead markers allow radiological technicians to record information such as the date and time of the procedure, time elapsed, measurement standards, and the patient’s name.
- Standard Left/Right Radiology Markers: Distinguishing between the right and left side of the patient’s body is absolutely invaluable when it comes to x-ray diagnostics, and these lead markers will accomplish just that. At the very least, all medical facilities should be incorporating these lead markers.
The Latest Development In Lead Marker Technology
Technology is constantly improving, and that’s just as true for lead markers as it is for any other relevant form of diagnostic instruments. If you haven’t updated your lead markers, it may be time to do so. Here are some recent developments:
- Wafer Thin Markers: With an easy bucky clearance, these lead markers are ideal for accommodating the latest modern digital equipment.
- Classic Elite Markers: These lead markers were designed specifically to meet modern imaging procedure requirements.
- Copper Backing: These are particularly relevant in procedures that include high KV settings.
- Clip Markers: These make it easy to attach a marker to a cassette.
Why Choose Kemper Medical For Your Lead Markers?
Kemper Medical is dedicated to radiological technicians and the medical field at large by providing the highest quality lead markers at the lowest possible prices. Rest assured, our low prices does not mean you are getting an inferior product.
As a worldwide distributor of lead markers, we pride ourselves on our hand in the proper diagnosis, and therefore treatment, of patients all around the world. Our lead markers make that possible.
If you require high quality lead markers at low prices, contact Kemper Medical today!