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B Is lead salvaged from hospital x-ray shielding safe?

  1. Mar 19, 2017 #1
    I am a lay person, so the physics lesson would only confuse me.

    I do reloading of ammunition for competitive shooting (Cowboy Action Shooting).
    I have someone offering to sell lead for melting and casting bullets. He has indicated its source was shielding from hospitals used in X-ray shielding applications. I do not believe it came from aprons, but rather from walls enclosing the X-ray rooms.

    My question is, is it safe to use for this repurposing, or should it be considered "hot"?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
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  3. Mar 19, 2017 #2


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    it's safe

    X-rays don't leave any residual radiation emission

    X-rays are just EM radiation like light ... just a higher frequency and more energetic

  4. Mar 19, 2017 #3
    Thank you, Dave.
  5. Mar 19, 2017 #4
    ... But don't trust any offers of depleted Uranium ...
  6. Mar 19, 2017 #5

    Vanadium 50

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    Well, it is still lead.

    And they're still bullets. So "safe" is relative. But if you are asking is they are radiologically safe, x-rays don't make materials radioactive.
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