X-ray

Sterilization

X-ray sterilization offers better penetration characteristics than either gamma or E-beam. The X-ray’s deeper penetration allows for this technique to be used on many products and packaging configurations that E-beam cannot. X-rays are able to be used on products made of all types of materials including metals, liquids, and high-density and multicomponent products. In addition, the deeper penetration allows for larger packaging configurations and pallets to be sterilized as well.

With its advantages over almost all other current sterilization techniques, X-ray sterilization is the up-and-coming sterilization technique and warrants consideration both for new products and also the ideal alternative for the transition of current products over gamma. Already included in ANSI/AAMI/ISO 11137 and FDA guidelines, the usage of X-ray sterilization is already approved by international regulatory bodies.

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X-ray benfits:

  • X-ray offers unmatched sterilization quality with reduced overdosing compared with any other radiation technology.
  • X-ray sterilization offers better penetration characteristics than either gamma or E-beam. The X-ray’s deeper penetration allows for this technique to be used on many products and packaging configurations that E-beam cannot.
  • Fast and efficient targeted processing that facilitates scale from cartons to full pallets of product
  • Flexibility – the ability to mix different products with different dose requirements in the same irradiation cycle
  • Reduced material degradation with reduced processing times and reduction of the maximal dose given to a product in comparison to Gamma and E-beam irradiation.
  • On/Off technology
  • Poses no security risks
  • Will be available soon

With its advantages over almost all other current sterilization techniques, X-ray sterilization is the up and coming sterilization technique and warrants your consideration both for new products and for transition of current products. Already included in international standards and FDA guidelines, the usage of X-ray sterilization is already approved by regulatory bodies. The current, biggest challenge, as with any new technology, is finding facilities that offer this service. This should not be a problem in the years to come.