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Complete Guide to Radiology & Oncology Skin Markers: Mammography X-ray Markers


There are ranges of markers that can be used to highlight specific areas of skin to facilitate diagnostic imaging. These markers include Mammography Markers, MRI Skin Markers, radiation therapy Markers, Dental Radiopaque Markers, Breast tomosynthesis Markers, CT Imaging Markers, Mole Markers, Nipple Markers, Metal-Free semi-lucent markers, scar tissue wire, bb markers, Cross Reference and lead wire markers.

The different types of skin markers address the needs of technologists and doctors and can be used to help radiologists understand what they are seeing and where they should focus their attention. Skin markers often feature adhesive that allows them to be placed on the patient’s body prior to imaging and they are often disposable which is a sanitary alternative to permanent conventional x ray Markers and reduce the risk of infection.

Generally, technologists use two kind of markers for mammography, Standard Mammography x-ray markers and Mammography skin markers.

  •  Standard Mammography X-Ray Markers feature a standardized set of abbreviations created by the American College of Radiology (ACR). A good, quality set of mammogram x-ray markers will include R/L/M designations on separate markers, and degree markers. The range of markers in these sets allows the technologist to properly identify and label specific mammography images with imprinting. Like the standard left/right markers, there is a standardized color scheme for easy identification of these specialized markers: red for right, blue for left, and yellow for medial.
  • Mammography Skin Markers help technologist to provide clear and accurate visualization of nipples, moles, scars, palpable masses, and non-palpable areas of concern. The routine use of skin markers is considered a best practice for mammography as they help improve communication and reduce viewing time and potential for retakes.

Types Of Skin Markers:

  • 3D Breast Tomosynthesis Markers  –  Clear visualization with the least potential for “slinky” artifact in 3D mammography compared to other skin markers.
  • Mole Markers  –  Provide certainty that densities on mammography images are moles and not areas of concern.
  • Nipple Markers  –  Immediately identify nipple location as landmark for precise measurement, help detect motion, aid in positioning in profile.
  • Palpable Mass Markers  –  Readily identify symptomatic areas and provide permanent documentation that palpable area was noted.
  • Point of Pain Area of Concern Markers  –  Area of concern or pain markers clarify the area marked by a square as different from any other topographic or palpable area of study during interpretation.
  • Scar Markers  –  Correlate architectural distortion from previous biopsy sites by delineating exact location of incisions. is a Radiology and Oncology supplier out of California, offering affordable, high quality Skin Markers and X-Ray Markers. Same day shipping available for most products (ordered before 2 pm. PST) and 100% money back guarantee for up to 90 days after purchase

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X-Ray Markers: Lead vs. Lead-Free Characters

X-ray markers commonly consist of Lead or Lead-free characters, an Aluminum or Plastic backing and epoxy part to cover the letters. With that said, the only radiopaque material in the markers are the lead or lead-free characters. Once X-ray marker is exposed to radiation, the characters cast a shadow, which is displayed on the final image. Characters can be letters, numbers, lead balls (for position markers), or lead arrows (to point the part of interest on images).

Traditionally all X-ray markers were made of lead characters, but over the years due to the hazarders nature and harmful potential effects of lead, and some other suppliers have started offering lead-free alternatives. The lead-free characters are made of other dense metals such as Bismuth, which serve the same purpose without the potential risks of lead. Lead characters have been around for a long time and their variety is far larger than lead-free options. Lead-free characters are only available in flat face style, while lead characters come in flat face, industrial, hairline, condensed deep block and sharp face.

Mounted or Unmounted.

Mounted lead or lead free figures are a more convenient method of X-ray identification and they can be individual letters or complete words on clear, white or black vinyl plastic, aluminum or copper. Mounted letters are easier to handle than loose letters and can be ordered to fit a variety of aluminum channel markers.

Unmounted lead letters are the most economical means of positive x-ray identification. You can tape these letters to the x-ray cassette or table. Most X-ray suppliers offer the characters as packs of 25-50-100 or more and this can get expensive for those who create personalized markers for themselves or as a craft for others. Top quality characters can also be hard to find. There are many manufacturers, which offer lead or lead free figures, but most of them are nondurable, die-cast characters with interior voids. has the largest selection of mounted and unmounted lead and lead-free characters. They are also one of the few suppliers of highest quality characters sold at any quantity for your next DIY X-ray marker project.

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Founded in 2009 and based in Lake Elsinore, California, Magic X-Ray Marker started out as the manufacturer of the world’s one and only washable and reusable, self-adhesive X-Ray markers. Over the years, we have listened to our customers and expanded our product lines to include a large variety of Aluminum, Plastic, Personalized, and Same-Day shipping markers, holders and accessories. We also offer top-quality lead and lead-free characters, as well as molds, glitters, and epoxy so you can create your own X-Ray markers as you please

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Radiation exposure increases risk of health problems for medical staff

Researchers found that health care workers who perform fluoroscopy for heart procedures are at greater risk for orthopedic problems, cataracts, skin lesions and cancers.
Study leader Maria Grazia Andreassi, PhD, head of the Genetics and Molecular Epidemiology Unit at the National Research Council Institute of Clinical Physiology in Pisa, Italy, and colleagues publish their findings in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Fluoroscopy is a form of medical imaging that uses a continuous X-ray beam to see real-time images of certain parts of the body.
The technique is used for a number of heart procedures, including coronary angiography – used to detect heart conditions – and coronary artery angioplasty – used to widen blocked or narrowed arteries.
Such procedures are normally conducted in a hospital’s cardiac catheterization (cath) lab.
Cardiologists, electrophysiologists have greatest radiation exposure

A number of medical staff in cath labs are exposed to fluoroscopy radiation, including doctors, nurses and technicians. Andreassi notes that, of all X-ray procedures, fluoroscopy-guided heart procedures lead to the greatest radiation exposure among health care workers.
“Interventional cardiologists and electrophysiologists have a two to three times higher annual exposure than that of radiologists, as they are closer to the radiological source and experience radiation exposure with the patient, whereas diagnostic radiologists are generally shielded from radiation exposure,” she explains.

Andreassi says that busy cardiologists and electrophysiologists are exposed to around 5 millisieverts (mSv) of radiation each year; mSv is a measure of how much radiation is absorbed by the human body.

This means that over a 30-year career, these health care workers may be exposed to around 50-200 mSv – the equivalent of 2,500-10,000 chest X-rays. But how does such exposure affect health? Andreassi and her team set out to investigate.