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Title: Lead source considerations
Post by: Soonerlonbow on July 24, 2020, 05:56:44 PM
So I was given several bricks/billets of lead recently and Iím curious about using them for various things including round balls and such. I guess I should elaborate the source a little bit more. These were originally used as shielding in a x-ray machine. Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Lead source considerations
Post by: Rob DiStefano on July 24, 2020, 06:36:34 PM
what's not to like?  cut it up if need be, melt it, cast it, shoot it!  :thumbs:  :thumbs:
Title: Re: Lead source considerations
Post by: Soonerlonbow on July 24, 2020, 08:20:23 PM
Awesome! Thatís what I was hoping to hear. My wife was worried about radiation. These came from a government X-ray truck from a port.
Title: Re: Lead source considerations
Post by: Rob DiStefano on July 24, 2020, 08:47:16 PM
"Does lead become radioactive?

Pure lead itself does not become highly radioactive under bombardment by neutrons. Therefore, lead shielding, even after long periods of neutron exposure, emits only insignificant amounts of radiation due to activation."

"In rooms for radiotherapy that uses only photon beams below 8 MV, in diagnostic x-ray rooms, or in CT rooms, the lead, alloyed or not, cannot become radioactive, and the lead shielding is completely safe with respect to radiation."