Burlington Medical Develops the First-of-Its-Kind Radiation Protection Garment Exclusively for Women

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To answer the increased risk of breast cancer for women working in the radiology space and provider concerns about comfort and coverage, our patent-pending Princess Vest better fits the curves of the female body to change the way women are protected from scatter radiation.

Lead Apron for Women

The Princess Vest

This unique design allows the flat, protective core material to be fit much closer to the shape of the breasts and axillary area whilst giving greater comfort and protection.

Made for women, designed by women

Unisex radiation protection garments have not only been the standard choice for female providers, they were the only choice. Women in radiology had to settle for either a flat garment that places pressure on the breasts, or a loose garment that can allow harmful radiation to penetrate the sides of the breasts.

Female leaders of Burlington Medical, a product designer who worked in the fashion industry for more than 40 years, and a Registered Nurse with years of experience in interventional radiology, decided that female providers needed a specialized solution. Their creation not only minimizes radiation exposure to the breasts and axilla, but is more ergonomically sound and reduces musculoskeletal strain.

Princess Vests are designed exclusively for the female form. The innovative Princess Seam creates a convex shape that molds to the breasts. By eliminating the flat, angular designs of unisex vests, Princess Vests offer greater comfort and easier movement to female providers.

Unisex apron designs can leave the sides of the breasts and axilla exposed to scatter radiation. The contoured shape of the Princess Vest more closely fits the breasts, lymph nodes, axilla, and front neck areas, providing better radiation protection to sensitive tissue and organs.

The close, contoured fit of the Princess Vest eliminates excess overlap, shaving the overall weight of the garment. An integrated elastic band amplifies the ergonomic design allowing a more comfortable fit.

“I joined ProtecX, Burlington Medical’s UK sister facility, after working in fashion, design and fit for 40 years. I started doing some hospital visits to customers and I noticed that a lot of ladies were wearing vests but putting their hands in the armhole pouch as if it were a pocket. When I asked them why they did this, they said, ‘Nothing ever fits around our breasts so we just put our hands in there instead, to fill the gap!’ ”

“So I started considering how we could construct a seam to allow us to shape the protective material over the contours of the breasts whilst still protecting the wearer from scatter radiation through the puncture marks in the seam line.”

“The solution is both the construction and shape of the convex seam, the Princess Seam, which hugs the breast tissue, giving the advantage of better fit and protection. This unique design allows the flat, protective core material to be fit much closer to the shape of the breasts and axillary area whilst giving greater comfort and protection. It also eliminates extra material from the closure systems of unisex vests, greatly reducing the overall weight.”    

Denise Johnson, Production Manager of ProtecX and inventor of the Princess Vest

For more information about the patent-pending Princess Vest, the first ever radiation protection garment designed for the female form, contact:

  • Stephanie Phillips
  • 1-800-221-3466
  • stephanie.phillips@burmed.com

Burlington Medical engineers the highest quality and lightest weight lead aprons in the industry. We are leaders in the health and safety concerns of providers working in a radiation environment. From our in-person fitting services to our industry-best lead times and cost-saving product options, we deliver superior outcomes with greater budget efficiency to all of our customers.

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(800) 221-3466 / (757) 888-8994
3 Elmhurst Street, Newport News, VA 23603

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