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Bead baths: a sanitary alternative to water baths
Using metal beads to heat and cool: efficient, sanitary, sustainable
Utrecht Medical Centerís Nuclear Medicine
unit uses bead baths as a sanitary solution
for thawing radiopharmaceuticals. Heated
beads do the job just as quickly as water.
The use of water baths for heating and cooling purposes
comes with a list of familiar complaints: low water levels,
limescale on the edges, and drips and spills when removing
materials from the bath. Not to mention the wet mess created
when baths are emptied. More importantly, water baths can be
a microbiological hazard. Reason enough for UMCís Nuclear
Medicine department to invest in a metal bead bath.