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#13655705 - 03/14/19 Hospital lead?  
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Friend, who works as a Xray lab tech, called me and said "come and get it!" Any ideas what i have here?

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#13656237 - 03/14/19 Re: Hospital lead? [Re: GSSP]  
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My guess since you got them from an x-ray tech is that they are radiation source containers. Got a geiger counter handy?

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Yup. Shipping containers for radioactive medicines. No worries about leftover radiation. Grab all you can.

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#13656661 - 03/14/19 Re: Hospital lead? [Re: GSSP]  
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What about the 3, HUGE, cylinders in the other box? Must be 20 lbs each.


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I bought a few of the large containers, but shaped differently than those. Tapered base with a small knob on top. Called isotop containers.Weighed about 32 lbs apiece, with a small brass threaded nut cast into them. Alloy was 1%Sn, 3%Sb, the rest pure lead.
Some of the smaller variety are supposed to run 2.5%Sn,2.5%$Sb.
Easiest way to find out is have them tested with an XRF gun at a salvage yard. Some places will test for free if you're buying or selling something, others have a fee. Not all are calibrated that well though.

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#13657491 - 03/15/19 Re: Hospital lead? [Re: GSSP]  
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Another source for X-ray lead is a high volume dental office. The stuff they use is small and thin, like a large band-aid. My dentist saved them for me and when I got a whole big box full hoarded I melted them down. Yield was only a couple ingots so I gave up that pursuit.

My sister is a Radiologist and I've bugged her for those old isotope containers but her office has a policy that forbids them giving them away like that. Grrr.


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yep i've seen such many times when we had mobile nuclear medicine. they transport the radiation doses in those super dense lead containers as to not get radiated themselves just transporting it.
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#13658389 - 03/15/19 Re: Hospital lead? [Re: GSSP]  
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If you are going to get a steady supply of these and want to make sure for yourself : https://www.pce-instruments.com/us/...-det_976415.htm?_list=kat&_listpos=8

These run about $135 each.

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#13658438 - 03/15/19 Re: Hospital lead? [Re: Ranger_Green]  
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Originally Posted by Ranger_Green
If you are going to get a steady supply of these and want to make sure for yourself : https://www.pce-instruments.com/us/...-det_976415.htm?_list=kat&_listpos=8

These run about $135 each.

Unless you are dealing with the more dangerous stuff, that's a bit of overkill.

https://hps.org/publicinformation/ate/q11137.html


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#13659085 - 03/15/19 Re: Hospital lead? [Re: GSSP]  
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Google "felling family.net/isolead " for more info. I has a source for these at one time and they make fine pistol bullets. Its good clean lead too.

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#13660955 - 03/16/19 Re: Hospital lead? [Re: kellory]  
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Originally Posted by kellory
Originally Posted by Ranger_Green
If you are going to get a steady supply of these and want to make sure for yourself : https://www.pce-instruments.com/us/...-det_976415.htm?_list=kat&_listpos=8

These run about $135 each.

Unless you are dealing with the more dangerous stuff, that's a bit of overkill.

https://hps.org/publicinformation/ate/q11137.html


Good info, thanks, I carried one at work for a few years, In part for the old Hunters Point Navy Shipyard might have had some residual contamination, and in part for anti-terrorism duties. for cautions sake I did check every piece of lead container from medical sources and all were clean.


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#13660995 - 03/16/19 Re: Hospital lead? [Re: GSSP]  
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Over the 8.5 years I worked at the local hospital I accumulated about 3200 pounds of lead. The piston
Looking cylinders look like counter weights from old
Portable c arm xray machines.


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#13661243 - 03/16/19 Re: Hospital lead? [Re: GSSP]  
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I'm wondering if you just wound an animal with bullets made of this lead, will it get cancer and die anyway in a couple of years....


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Originally Posted by Jim in Idaho
I'm wondering if you just wound an animal with bullets made of this lead, will it get cancer and die anyway in a couple of years....

No. In essence, lead absorbs but does not let go. Not with the low level stuff.


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#13666506 - 03/17/19 Re: Hospital lead? [Re: Texczech]  
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Originally Posted by Texczech
Over the 8.5 years I worked at the local hospital I accumulated about 3200 pounds of lead. The piston
Looking cylinders look like counter weights from old
Portable c arm xray machines.




That's a lot of lead! Thinking about casting all that makes my back hurt.


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#13666514 - 03/17/19 Re: Hospital lead? [Re: Jim in Idaho]  
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Originally Posted by Jim in Idaho
I'm wondering if you just wound an animal with bullets made of this lead, will it get cancer and die anyway in a couple of years....



Maybe if you found lead that was "hot" enough, you'd have tracers without any additional ingredients or steps.
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