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What’s New With Xray Markers

Written by Ryan Pryor on December 08, 2021
Category: X-Ray Markers


The lead x-ray marker industry has significantly changed through the decades. From their uses, the materials, and how you can purchase them, advances in radiology markers are helping radiographs capture clearer information for those in the medical field and beyond.


Xray markers can be referred to by many names such as anatomical side markers, lead markers, Pb markers, or radiographic film markers. They are used to clearly, easily, and permanently identify radiographs. 


??The first iteration of xray markers were simply pieces of metal that were opaque to radiation, or radiopaque, and were attached directly to the patient to mainly specify the left and right of an anatomical part. Although this may still be a function of markers, they can be used for so much more. 


There was a growing need to have more clear and concise information captured while the image was taken and not after which can be a liability. The ability to use letters, numbers, and symbols has created a safer and clear system. So just as x-ray technology continues to progress so have x-ray markers. 


There are six main types of radiology markers currently offered:

  1. Unmounted Lead Letters - these x-ray markers are the most economical means of positive x-ray identification and come in a variety of sizes and styles.

  2. Mounted Lead Letters - these types of markers are a more convenient method of X-ray identification. Letters and words are able to be mounted on aluminum, copper, or clear, white or black vinyl plastic.


  1. Polycarbonate Markers - this kind of marker is made by taking custom engraved initials, numbers, or mammography views and using durable red and green polycarbonate plastic into the surface and then is filled with a radiopaque epoxy.

  2. Mark-Clear Markers - this highest-quality X-ray marker is made from solid lead letters enclosed in a laminated acrylic plastic and a durable vinyl or aluminum backing.


  1. Enclosed Markers - these radiology markers are enclosed lead letters between folded aluminum and clear plastic covers to ensure durability.

  2. Embedded Markers - these markers are totally encased in a crystal-clear embedment plastic and are available with an aluminum or a tough polycarbonate background.

Techno-Aide: Your Source for X-Ray Markers

Techno-Aide is committed to providing you with the best imaging products in the industry. To do so, we partnered with the largest supplier and maker of the best x-ray markers, All-Craft Wellman


All-Craft Wellman manufactures X-ray markers so that radiographs can be read and understood simply. To produce these high-quality, readable, radiology markers, they use high-grade alloys. Both Techno-Aide and All-Craft Wellman take pride in making the highest-quality products with inscrutable attention to detail. We strive to provide you a clear choice for selecting your X-ray lead markers for your hospital supply and industrial marker needs. And we will work with you to ensure that your order is filled quickly and to your exact specifications. Learn about your ordering options for custom x-ray markers or read more about why Techno-Aide markers are now made by All-Craft Wellman.  


If you're still wondering what exactly are x-ray markers or what are my x-ray marker color options, you can find out more from our site or feel free to contact us today. And don't forget about how to clean x-ray markers and proper x-ray marker storage.