Radiation Protection Gloves
FAQ's

Radiation protection gloves (or RPG's) are sterile disposable gloves used for the strict and sole purpose of attenuation scattered and/or stray radiation (also known as "incidental radiation"). This hand specific device is a personal protective shield intended for use during medical fluoroscopic procedures, to protect the operator or persons from unnecessary exposure to radiation.


RPG gloves can be used during the following fluoroscopic examination procedures

  • Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (coronary and other vessels)
  • Radiofrequency cardiac catheter ablation
  • Vascular embolization
  • Stent and filter placement
  • Thrombolytic and fibrinolytic procedures
  • Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
  • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt
  • Percutaneous nephrostomy
  • Biliary drainage
  • Urinary/Biliary stone removal
  • Beta Radiation catheterization (Y-90 source)
  • Percutaneous transmyocardial revascularization
  • Percutaneous coronary interventions
  • Radioactive seed implants
  • Transmyocardial Revascularization
  • Treatments of Gynaecologic (Gynecologic) and Reproductive Disorders
  • Neuro-Radiology
  • Embolectomy and Thrombectomy
  • Vascular Embolization & Occulusion
  • Treatments Of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
  • Rotational Atherectomy
  • Orthopaedics (Orthopedics)
  • Chemotherapy Labs
  • Electrophysiologic (EP) studies

This personal protective shield is only designed for protection from secondary scattered ionizing radiation.


The WRP Radiaxon RPG glove has many distinctive advantages over the competition.

Lead Free
Unlike many of the other RPG's, Radiaxon contains no lead. Radiaxon attains its superb attenuation characteristics from a proprietary formulation.

Powder Free
Radiaxon RPG's are treated with the same state of the art surface modification technologies used in the production of sterile surgical gloves to provide optimized and consistent grip in a powder-free environment.

Excellent Attenuation
The Radiaxon RPG has a revolutionary thin film design to offer enhanced dexterity with better sensitivity and comfort. These benefits are afforded while still delivering excellent attenuation characteristics. This allows the wearer to have the best of fit, feel and comfort without compromising on protection.

Environment-friendly disposal
Radiaxon RPG's are very friendly to the environment and are readily disposable. They do not have the same costly disposal requirements that many of the competitions lead based products do.


  • Lead is a highly toxic metal that presents numerous toxicological and environmental challenges in the healthcare settin.
  • Lead's toxic effects can have adverse effects on most of the organs and systems in the human body, particularly the nervous, renal and reproductive systems.
  • Lead can affect the neurological and physiological development of young children.
  • Unlike most medical products, devices containing lead can pose a very serious disposal problem.
  • Due to its highly toxic nature, products containing lead cannot be incinerated.
  • Lead also poses a major problem in landfills where it may enter the environment due to the degradation of products containing it. This could allow lead to be absorbed into ground water.

Depending on a number of factors, typical threshold doses will cause various complications such as:

Absorbed Dosage
Adverse Skin Effects
3 Gy
Temporary Epilation (Loss of Hair)
6 Gy
Main Erythema (Skin Inflammation)
15 to 20 Gy
Necrosis (Skin Decay)

Currently there are a wide variety of test methodologies in use for determining the attenuation properties of RPG Gloves, however, the Radiaxon RPG glove is tested to the only recognized and internationally accepted test method: EN61331-1.


Radiaxon RPG’s provide up to 59% attenuation (see chart for full details).


The Radiaxon RPG is classified as a personal protective shield and is not a medical device. If the gloves are used in a situation where an institution’s policies require the use of a medical glove (i.e. contact with blood or other bodily fluids) the Radiaxon RPG must be used in combination with appropriate medical gloves.


Radiaxon RPG’s conform to the following standards:

• EN 61331-1 for attenuation testing
• EN 420, EN374-2 and EN 388 for Personal Protective Equipment


Yes, Radiaxon RPG’s have been tested per the following standards:
• Skin Irritation Test (Draize method)
• Skin Sensitization Test (Buehler method)


Although there are no requirements or regulations currently in place (other than OSHA-Germany) that specifically require the use of RPG’s, it does not mean they are not required. Concepts such as ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) are being widely implemented in working environments worldwide. The ALARA approach assumes that occupational exposure to ionizing radiation is hazardous and mandates that measures be taken to limit exposure to it. Personal Protective Shields such as Radiaxon RPG’s are one of the most effective ways to achieve this requirement.


Reprocessing or re-sterilization of RPG’s may reduce their strength, barrier properties and/or attenuation properties. For these reasons, reuse is not recommended.


Yes, Radiaxon RPG’s are offered in a full range of sizes (61/2 through 9), moreover they are manufactured on state of the art anatomically designed forms. This ensures comfort and reduced hand fatigue during long procedures.


Radiaxon RPG’s come in cases of 4 dispenser boxes each. Each dispenser box contain 5 separately packed sterile pairs.

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