Dosimeter Badge Pricing. Most Labs Have Increased Their Prices!
Dosimeter badge pricing goes up along with other medical device expenses. As a healthcare provider, you are going to feel it! Many factors are involved with the increase in the price of medical devices. Severe bottlenecks in the global supply chain significantly impact the medical device industry, particularly in sky-high prices for shipping, raw materials, and a severe shortage of shipping containers in Asia. Despite the global bottlenecks, RadiationSafety.com will continue to offer radiation detection badges at an affordable price.
The overall health insurance index is calculated by aggregating nine index products according to their weights. During this time, supply remains in the prescription drug sample, and any price change is reflected in the prescription drug index. For example, Medicare is responsible for one-third of the reimbursement weight in the health insurance index, and half of Medicare spending goes to pay for medical services. For non-priced months, the last collected price for each offer is carried over for use in the current month’s index. For Part D, prices are based on total gross expenses, including Medicare, Plan, and Beneficiary expenses. Still, they do not reflect manufacturer discounts and discounts on plans as they are considered copyrighted and, therefore, not publicly available.
Radiationsafety.com has committed NOT to increase prices for three years from your service start date.
Although insurance premiums are essential to consumers’ medical spending, the CPI does not directly assess health insurance. Medical device prices have risen by an average annual rate of 0.4 percent, compared to the 2.4 percent increase in the consumer price index (CPI) and the rise in the Medical Care Consumer Price Index (MC-CPI) of 4.1 percent. These are all factors leading to increased costs for dosimeters and other medical devices. However, in 2021 many dosimeter companies saw their highest sales and profits due to smaller companies being sold. Consolidation in the dosimeter badge market has also played a significant factor in increasing prices.
Dosimeter Labs See the Largest Increase in Profits!
All medical devices, including dosimeter badges, have been impacted by increasing prices. Dosimeter badge prices are going up, and companies are raising prices. Large dosimeter companies are making more money than ever before. Across the board, radiation detection providers such as Landauer, Radiation Detection Company, Mirion, dosimeterbadges.com, and others have significantly raised their pricing. When we spoke with one of our competitors and asked, “why are you increasing the prices so much” the answer was, “the market will bear it.” That may be the case, but we know many medical practices do everything possible to keep pricing down while maintaining their services. Our prices are guaranteed for three years once you start service with us. We have no deceptive pricing (like giving the price of one quarter when you probably need the badge for an entire year). There are no hidden fees nor gauging of our partners trying to protect their staff.
We are exposed to radiation in every life, in the simple things we do. By understanding where and what radiation is, you can implement tips to protect yourself against some of the hidden dangers.
There are two types of radiation – electromagnetic waves and particle radiation. Electromagnetic radiation is the most common form of radiation we come in contact with daily. Light is a form of electromagnetic radiation, and rays from the sun can prove beneficial as they carry Vitamin D, an essential element for life. Through chlorophyll found in their leaves, plants use light to create food. Microwave oven appliances utilize radiation to heat the food you eat, though the device is built to shield you from radiation exposure. X-rays are a necessary diagnostic tool, and our exposure to them provides doctors and scientists clues to our health. However, too much radiation from repeated exposure to high-energy electromagnetic waves like x-rays, gamma rays, alpha particles, beta particles, and other isotopes can be damaging.
Particle radiation includes proton, neutron, and electron beams that are created when unstable plutonium and uranium atoms split, like in a nuclear reactor or bomb. This type of radiation, while less common, is more damaging as it causes genetic defects, severe burns, cancer, and even death.
There are other easy ways to protect yourself from radiation every day.
Incorporate chlorophyll-rich foods into your diet. Foods like seaweed, kelp, spirulina, and chlorella contain rich minerals, potent antioxidants, and chelating agents. Minerals like iodine block the receptor’s sites in your thyroid to prevent radioactivity that you are exposed to from harming your thyroid. Antioxidants prevent the growth of cancer cells and inhibit free radical activity, which reaps destruction to your body’s cells. Finally, chelating agents bind to toxins and eliminate them from your body as waste.
Eat other fruits and vegetables that have high levels of antioxidants. Dark fruits like cherries, blueberries, pomegranates, and green vegetables like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and avocados, along with yams and sweet potatoes, help your body to destroy free radicals and toxins. Free radicals are byproducts that occur internally, generally from our metabolism, and externally, like air pollution or smoke. Too many free radicals cause cellular damage, and antioxidants in these fruits and vegetables help destroy and eliminate them from your body.
Eat selenium-rich foods like eggs, tuna, salmon, brown rice, onions, and many other vegetables. When food shopping and preparing meals, choose foods of every color to ensure a balanced intake of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Stay hydrated and drink half of your weight in ounces of filtered water daily to flush your system and your cells.
Wear breathable and protective clothing to limit your exposure to solar radiation whenever you are in the sun. A hat will help prevent sunburn on your head, face, neck, and shoulders. Applying sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or more will provide the most coverage and protection. Reapplying sunscreen is required after a few hours.
Radiation exposure can cause irreversible damage to your retinas, especially if your irises are light. Wearing polarized sunglasses offers the highest level of protection for your eyes by limiting the amount of radiation that passes through your pupils.
Take additional supplements of vitamins C, D, and E, which will assist in antioxidant activity, and alpha lipoic acid, which will protect cells from radiation damage.
Natural herbs like peppermint and chrysanthemum can be taken to help the body detoxify.
Do not eat or purchase products or foods grown or prepared in areas where radioactivity has occurred. Radiation can linger well after an accident or incident. Understand your food source, and choose organic food when possible.
How to measure radiation? Detecting radiation is essential but impossible with human senses. Therefore, a radiation detection device is required. Various instruments are available that detect and measure the presence of radiation. Radiationsafety.com dosimeter badges and rings can be found in hospitals, laboratories, manufacturing plants, medical offices, government facilities, etc. Continue to read and learn more about how radiation measurements happen.
Liquid Scintillation Counters are standard laboratory instruments that quantify the radioactivity of low energy radioscopes. These counters use specific cocktails of a sample and liquid scintillator fluid to absorb the energy emitted from isotopes and transmit it to pulses of light. Low background counts are achieved with these devices through the use of shielding, cooling of photomultiplier tubes, energy discrimination, and the coincidence counting approach. Units have the capability to acquire, store and reduce the capacity of data automatically.
Proportional Counters are also known as proportional detectors, which detect gaseous ionizing radiation. The detector is so named because of its ability to measure the energy of incident radiation by producing a proportional output pulse to the radiation energy absorbed by the detector. Proportional counters may or may not be equipped with a window and are sensitive enough to distinguish between alpha and beta radiation and achieve low minimum detectable activities.
Multichannel Analyzer System is a powerful laboratory radiation detection instrument that counts solid or liquid matrix samples and other extracted radioactive samples. These units, either constructed with a sodium iodide crystal and photomultiplier tube, a solid-state germanium detector, or a silicon-type detector, are mostly used to detect gamma radiation. The exception is silicon-type detectors that can also detect alpha radiation. Units have the capability to acquire, store and reduce the capacity of data automatically, similar to liquid scintillation counters. .
Geiger Counters are the most common handheld radiation detection devices. They are composed of a Geiger-Mueller (GM) tube or probe filled with gas, which produces an electrical pulse if radiation reacts with the gas in the tube or the wall when a high voltage is applied. That electrical pulse can be read on the instrument meter through an audible click or display. If the instrument has a speaker, the pulses also give an audible click. GM tubes can also be employed for exposure measurements, but are most commonly utilized with handheld radiation survey instruments for contamination measurements, and in some cases will also accommodate other radiation-detection probes like a zinc sulfide scintillator probe.
Portable Multichannel Analyzers are affordable and increasingly common devices consisting of a photomultiplier tube coupled with a sodium iodide crystal and outfitted with a small multichannel analyzer electronics package. When radiation sources are unknown, these handheld devices can detect the type of radioactivity when employing automatic gamma-ray energy identification procedures and gamma-ray data libraries.
Micrometers with sodium iodide scintillation detectors are handheld radiation detection devices outfitted with a solid crystal of sodium iodide that creates a pulse of light when radiation interacts with it. A photomultiplier tube converts the pulse of light, proportional to the amount of light and the energy deposited in the crystal, to an electrical signal, which can be read on the instrument display. In some devices, special types of plastic or other inert crystal “scintillator” materials can also replace the use of sodium iodide.
Ionization (Ion) Chambers are devices with an inner wall and central anode that are electrically conductive and relatively low applied voltage compared to other devices. An electrometer circuit displays a small electrical current when x-ray or gamma radiation interactions occur in the chamber wall and create primary ion pairs in the air volume. Most ionization chambers must be calibrated to a traceable radiation source and corrected to accommodate changes in pressure and temperature in a room, as they are “open air.” In that most ion chambers are “open air,” they must be corrected for changes in temperature and pressure.
Radon Detectors are instruments that utilize different techniques to accommodate a variety of situations, the advantages and disadvantages of which ought to be considered prior to use. Air filters can collect radon decay products. Charcoal canisters can be exposed for several days and gamma spectroscopy is performed. CR-39 plastic can also be exposed for a long period of time followed by chemical etching and alpha track counting. These devices can be used in the home.
Neutron REM Meter, with Proportional Counter, is a handheld device that is similar to the GM tube but contains a gas-filled boron trifluoride or helium-3 proportional counter tube. It reads an electrical pulse created by ionization in the gas and charged particles when a high voltage is applied. Neutron radiation interacts with the gas in the tube to create the electrical pulse. A downside of these proportional counters, which measure neutrons, is that they require a substantial amount of hydrogenous material around them to slow the neutron to thermal energies.
Radiationsafety.com has radiation detection badges that are optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dosimeter badges, which are the industry standard used by the government, hospitals, labs, and companies worldwide. These small and discrete devices can be worn on your lapel and are designed to detect X, gamma, beta and some include neutron radiation. OSL dosimeters utilize aluminum oxide (AI203) to absorb and release X-ray energy to precisely measure the dose of radiation received. OSL dosimeters are most beneficial for employees who work in environments where radiation is present. OSL is considered the industry standard for dosimeter badges.
These badges are also worn by women who are pregnant. Instead of the badge being worn on the collar or lapel, the badge is put directly over the fetus and keeps track of the radiation exposure. Check your local state laws. In some states, it is a requirement for women who are pregnant to wear a fetal monitor. Fetal monitors are worn daily and need to be sent to the lab on a monthly basis.
Other worn instruments are radiation monitoring rings. These dosimeter rings pick up radiation exposure to the hand from various tasks associated with radiology (including but not limited to NOMAD devices), security, mail processing, and other areas where radiation is being emitted.
Whether you need an OSL XBG whole-body radiation badge, a fetal monitor, or a TLD ring radiationsafety.com can help you save time, save money and protect your employees with industry-standard radiation monitoring.