Men are facing a health crisis, yet it’s rarely talked about.

Movember is a movement to get people talking about men’s health.

Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent.

The Movember movement was started to raise money to get more research and awareness for Prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1250 men’s health projects around the world, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men. To find out more about the work Movember is doing, click here.

Ways to Get Involved:

  • Grow
    • Decide to Grow
    • Grow your mustache
    • Inspire other people to grow out their mustache for men’s health
  • Move
    • Commit to running or walking 60 miles over the month
    • Connect a fitness tracker to your Mo Space and log every step
    • Encourage others to move along with you
  • Host
    • Choose the type of function you’re hosting
    • Let family and friends know where you’ll be and when
    • Collect donations from attendees

So, if you’re inspired to grow a Mo’, let’s see it! Share your Mo’ with us on our Facebook page.

National COPD Awareness Month

November is National COPD Awareness Month, and the focus is on educating people about COPD.

COPD affects an estimated 11 million Americans.

An estimated 11 million Americans suffer from COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and several million other Americans likely have it and don’t know it.

Early diagnosis and treatment can help people with COPD live a higher quality of life and health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the symptoms of COPD are:

  • Frequent coughing or wheezing
  • Excess phlegm or sputum
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble taking a deep breath

COPD is diagnosed by taking a simple breathing test called spirometry. Treatment includes medication, pulmonary rehabilitation, and supplemental oxygen.

You can find out more information on COPD at the COPD Foundation’s Facebook page.

Epilepsy Awareness Month

Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disease after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, Epilepsy is a change in the normal brain activity that can result in various types of seizures which can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. These are not the type of seizures that are caused by a high fever (febrile seizures).

Epilepsy remains misunderstood by the general public, discriminated against, and underfunded in research initiatives, despite the staggering number of people affected.

Because anyone can develop epilepsy at any time, and the number of people it affects, everyone should know more about it.

Epilepsy Facts:

  • 1 in 26 people in the United States will have epilepsy at some point in their life.
  • 1 in 10 Americans will have a seizure.
  • 5.1 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with epilepsy or a seizure disorder in the past.
  • 3.4 million American adults and children live with epilepsy.
  • Epilepsy is not contagious.
  • Epilepsy is everywhere.
  • In 6 out of 10 people with epilepsy, the cause is unknown.
  • Epilepsy changes lives, impedes development, affects learning, causes accidents, and may result in early death.
  • Epilepsy costs the United States about $15.5 billion in healthcare and other expenses.
  • 60% of epilepsy cases have no known cause.
  • 150,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy each year.
  • 30-40% will live with active seizures because available treatments do not work.

Ways you can help

For more information, please consult your physician.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer kills more people than the next three cancers combined.

Lung cancer can affect anyone, whether they smoked or not.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November is an effort to raise awareness of the need for more research and better community awareness of this disease.

Lung cancer can affect anyone, whether they smoked or not.

An estimated 156,000 lung cancer deaths are expected to occur in 2020. This is about 27% of all cancer deaths. Federal funding for lung cancer research per death is just $1,680 compared to $25,000 for breast cancer, $12,600 for prostate cancer, and $6,300 for colon cancer.

Lung cancer has the lowest 5-year survival rate of the other most common cancers.

  • Lung Cancer 17%
  • Prostate cancer 99%
  • Breast Cancer 89%
  • Colorectal Cancer 65%

Thanks to advances in technology, early detection screening using spiral CT has been shown to reduce lung cancer deaths by 16-20%, compared to standard chest x-rays.

When detected early, lung cancer patients have more treatment options and a far greater chance of survival. The key is being tested for lung cancer early.


Lung cancer symptoms aren’t normally apparent in the early stage. Typically, lung cancer is diagnosed in a late-stage due to the symptoms being more prevalent.

Classic symptoms of lung cancer, that by themselves aren’t generally worrisome. If you experience any of these symptoms, please talk to your doctor to rule out lung cancer.

  • Persistent cough (especially coughing up rust-colored sputum)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hoarseness
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chest pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Bone pain

Tests your doctor may recommend:

Risk factors for lung cancer:

  • Smoking
  • Exposure to second-hand smoke
  • Exposure to radon gas
  • Exposure to asbestos
  • Exposure to other carcinogens
  • Air pollution
  • Arsenic in drinking water
  • Previous radiation to lungs
  • Personal or family history of lung cancer

Ways you can help:

If you have any of the symptoms above or for more information, please consult your physician.

Sand Lake Imaging Featured In Orlando Sentinel

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Sand Lake Imaging and their partnership were featured in the Orlando Sentinel on October 15th, 2020 in an article by Kate Santich.

Breast cancer screenings take on new urgency amid COVID

Thousands of women have put off getting their routine mammograms this year, first because non-emergency procedures were halted during the early months of the pandemic and now because some still fear going to the doctor.

Studies are already showing that the postponement will likely increase the number of cancer deaths by delaying diagnosis and treatment.

That’s why the annual October campaign encouraging women to get screened for breast cancer is taking on a special urgency, with Central Florida health advocates trying to spread the word that it’s safe to return to doctor’s offices.

“Obviously it’s very important to stay up to date on your screenings,” said Abby Bricker, director of development and engagement at the nonprofit Shepherd’s Hope, which provides free primary- and specialty-care services for Central Florida residents with little or no insurance. “We’re also very concerned that, with the increasing unemployment in our area, women may be losing their health insurance and so not getting their check-ups because of that.”

Read the full article here

Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram – Pink October Begins October 1st at Sand Lake Imaging Locations

Media Contact:
Alma Van Der Velde at 407.7653781 or


Initiative provides free screenings to women in need

Orlando, Maitland, & The Villages, Florida (September 10, 2020) – Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Every year, more than 250,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed; an average of one woman every two minutes. Unfortunately, many women in Central Florida will forgo this important annual screening because they lack health insurance.

Shepherd’s Hope and Sand Lake Imaging are partnering to provide free mammograms to women in need in our Central Florida community. For each new patient who gets a mammogram at Sand Lake Imaging during the month of October, the facility will donate a free screening mammogram to an uninsured Shepherd’s Hope patient. It is the eighth consecutive year for the “Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” initiative held in conjunction with national Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, but for those who are uninsured, this life-saving procedure is far from reach,” said Pam Gould, president and CEO of Shepherd’s Hope. “We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with Sand Lake Imaging that allows Shepherd’s Hope to provide local uninsured women with this essential medical exam at no charge.”

Annual mammogram screenings can detect breast cancer early and help reduce breast cancer mortality. “Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among American women of all ages, with 21 percent of all cases occurring before the age of 50,” said Dr. Robert Posniak, women’s specialty radiologist and president of Sand Lake Imaging.

“Routine annual screening mammography for an average-risk woman beginning at the age of 40 has been proven to save lives and gives more treatment options if diagnosed early. Our mammography provides better, earlier breast cancer detection for patients with results that are significantly more accurate than 2D exams alone, detecting 20-60% more invasive breast cancers than its 2D counterparts. We also reduce callbacks by up to 40%, compared to 2D alone.”

Screening mammogram appointments can be scheduled at any of Sand Lake Imaging’s three convenient outpatient radiology centers during this Pink October and up till December 31st, 2019. To schedule an appointment call 407-363-2772 or online here.

About Shepherd’s Hope
Shepherd’s Hope provides free primary care and specialty care medical services, education and wellness programs to uninsured and underinsured men, women and children in Central Florida. The non-profit organization has provided approximately 300,000 free patient visits and services since 1997. In 2019, Shepherd’s Hope provided over 20,000 free patient visits and medical services thanks to partnerships with 3,000 licensed medical and general volunteers, three community hospital systems, 100 diagnostic/secondary providers and numerous multi-faith partners. Patients are served at its five Central Florida service facilities in Longwood, East Orlando, Downtown Orlando, Ocoee and Winter Garden. 95 percent of donations directly support patient services. Details:

Shepherd’s Hope Contact – Abby Bricker at 419-341-1763 or email

About Sand Lake Imaging
Sand Lake Imaging is committed to providing the highest quality diagnostic imaging to the patients and physicians of the Central Florida community in a cost-effective and timely manner. With 75 years of combined experience and over 10 years serving the Central Florida community, we are confident that we will provide you with the most accurate imaging possible. Learn more by calling (407) 363-2772.

Coronavirus Disease 2019

Remain 6 feet of social distance to avoid respiratory droplets as seen in this graphic.

Covid-19 is in the news every day. The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have given us guidelines to keep us healthy.

  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid close contact inside your home with people who are sick
  • Avoid  close contact outside of your home by putting 6 feet of distance (2 arms’ length) between yourself and others
    • Asymptomatic people can spread the virus
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
    • Even if you don’t feel sick, you could spread the virus to others
    • The cloth face cover is meant to keep other people from getting sick if you are infected
    • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. *Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
    • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
    • Click here to see how to wash and care for your cloth face mask.
  • As always, cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Throw used tissues in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
  • Monitor your health daily
    • Be alert for symptoms
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea
      • People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
    • Take your temperature if symptoms develop
    • Stay home and avoid contact with other people and traveling

Click here to read the guidelines from the CDC regarding how to care for yourself or someone else who is sick.

National Headache Awareness Month

70% of all people living with migraine disease are women

This month is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, a time in which we encourage headache and migraine sufferers to seek healthcare advice for proper diagnosis and treatment.

This year, the National Headache Foundation is encouraging people to Wear Purple to Work (@Home). To show your support for the 40 million Americans living with migraine disease and headache disorders, you can share your selfies on social media with the hashtags #MHAM and #MHAM2020.

Migraine and Headache Facts according to the National Headache Foundation:

  • The WHO places migraine as one of the 10 most disabling medical illnesses on Earth.
  • Fewer than 5% have been seen by a healthcare provider, received an accurate diagnosis, and obtained appropriate care.
  • Migraine impacts over 37 million men, women, and children in the United States.
  • It’s estimated that up to 148 million people in the world suffer from chronic migraines.
  • For more than 90% of those affected, migraine interferes with education, career, or social activities.
  • Migraine is the third most common disease in the world.
  • 9 out of 10 adults experience a headache at some point in their lives, and about 50 million Americans experience frequent headaches.
  • Tension headaches and migraines are often triggered by something, such as weather changes, eating certain foods, or not being able to handle stress effectively.
  • 70% of all people living with migraine disease are women.

There are no tests to determine if you are having migraines. Your physician will diagnose migraines by taking your medical history and ruling out other causes for the attacks. Typically, that leads to brain MRI and/or brain CT to determine if there are underlying conditions. These are rare occurrences but the exams are necessary to rule out those instances.

If you think you’re having migraine headaches, please consult your doctor.

Scoliosis Affects Children During Adolescence

Scoliosis is a sideways curve of the spine that measures greater than 10 degrees on x-ray and is a common condition that affects many children and adolescents. About 1 in 3 children whose parents have scoliosis will develop scoliosis. It’s considered a partially genetic disorder.

In 80 percent of cases, no specific cause is found. The other 20 percent are caused by spinal column abnormalities, neurological disorders, muscular diseases, genetic conditions and many other causes.

Idiopathic scoliosis (that is, no known cause) occurs in both boys and girls, but as children enter adolescence, scoliosis is five to eight times more likely to increase in girls. Progression is most common during growing years though severe curves may progress during adulthood.

Children should be screened at any age, but scoliosis is more commonly discovered during the ages of 10 – 15 during a child’s growth spurt.

Signs and symptoms of Scoliosis include:

  • One shoulder higher than the other
  • One shoulder blade (scapula) may be higher of more prominent than the other
  • There may be more space between one arm and the side than the other, when arms are hanging loosely by the side.
  • One hip may appear to be higher or more prominent than the other
  • The head may not be exactly centered over the pelvis
  • The waist may be flattened on one side with or without skin creases present on one side of the waist

Scoliosis is diagnosed by examination from the rear as the patient is asked to bend forward until the spine is horizontal. This is called the Adams test and it is the most frequently used screening tool for scoliosis. The physician will view you from behind, looking for curvature of the spine, shoulder blade asymmetry, waistline asymmetry, and any trunk shift.

Having an x-ray of your spine at Sand Lake Imaging is usually helpful to determine if the curve is staying the same or getting worse. The Cobb angle is used to measure the angle between the most angulated vertebras that make up the curvature. Oftentimes, physicians will opt for a spine MRI to decide on the necessity of surgery.

If your child needs a scoliosis x-ray or spinal MRI, please have your physician refer you to Sand Lake Imaging.

June is National Men’s Health Month

Men’s Health Facts

Help the men in your life get and stay healthy.

According to the CDC, women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual physical exams than men.
Depression in men is undiagnosed contributing to the fact that men are 4 times more likely to commit suicide than women (According to Men’s Health Network).

The goal of Men’s Health Month is to bring awareness to preventable health problems and encourage early detection of diseases among men and boys. This month, encourage the men in your life to get a physical and take steps to live a healthier lifestyle.

Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle for Men:

  • Watch what you eat – eating a balanced diet and reducing salt and sugar intake are key to staying healthy
  • Spend time with friends and family – Strengthening your relationships can lead to relaxing and mood improvement.
  • Exercise regularly – Get up and move around once an hour, if possible. Sitting at a desk all day is not good for your physical or mental health. Staying active can help improve your physical, mental, and emotional health.
  • Get enough sleep – A good night’s sleep is important to help you feel and function your best.
  • Listen to music – music is therapy for a large portion of Americans.
  • Practice mindful breathing – reduce negative thoughts and promote relaxation.
  • Reduce alcoholic beverage consumption – drinking too many packs on calories and over-drinking is a factor in more than 200 diseases, such as cirrhosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and more.

Guidelines for Exams Men Should Have

  • Men 20 and older should have the following tests done yearly:
    Blood pressure, rectal exam to screen for colon and prostate cancer, PSA blood test to screen for prostate cancer, stool test to screen for colon cancer, and self-screen for testicular cancer monthly.
  • If you are a smoker, you may need to get a yearly chest x-ray at Sand Lake Imaging as part of your physical.
  • All of the above exams should be done yearly for men over the age of 40, in addition to the following exams, every two years:
    Blood tests and urinalysis to screen for cholesterol disease, diabetes, kidney or thyroid dysfunction. EKG to screen for heart abnormalities. Discuss with your physician testosterone screening.
  • Ask your doctor about bone density exams at Sand Lake Imaging. We also offer CT coronary calcium scoring to detect the presence of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries.
  • All of the above exams should be done yearly for men over the age of 50, in addition to the following exams every 3-4 years:
    colorectal exam to screen for colon cancer. Ask your doctor about bone density exams at Sand Lake Imaging.

If you need any further exams, please have your physician schedule at Sand Lake Imaging. We treat each of our patients like family.