RAYUS Radiology Acquires Leading Radiology Provider In Central Florida And Research Institute As It Continues To Accelerate Its National Growth Strategy

The Radiology Research Institute Partners with Contract Research Organizations and Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Companies to Advance Critical Research Initiatives

MINNEAPOLIS, July 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — RAYUS Radiology, formerly Center for Diagnostic Imaging, a leading national provider of advanced diagnostic and interventional radiology backed by Wellspring Capital Management, announces the acquisition of three imaging centers, known as Sand Lake Imaging in Orlando, Florida and a majority interest in The Radiology Research Institute, a joint venture with Dr. Stephen Bravo, an expert in neuroradiology, musculoskeletal radiology, and interventional radiology who has built a strong foundation of partnerships with clinical trial sponsors.

The Radiology Research Institute will continue to provide imaging and radiology expertise on a wide variety of clinical trials for its research partners, with a focus on Alzheimer’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis and Irritable Bowel Disease.

The RAYUS Radiology network is currently involved in more than 150 clinical trial protocols, offering advanced imaging options across every modality through its national network of diagnostic imaging centers and leading subspecialized radiologists. Through the institute, RAYUS Radiology will be able to offer its patients even greater access to innovative treatments and technologies.

“With this partnership, we are effectively combining two research facilities into one of the most comprehensive and progressive research organizations of its kind,” said RAYUS Radiology Chief Executive Officer Kim Tzoumakas. “We look forward to working closely with Dr. Bravo, and outside research partners to advance cutting-edge treatments and improve quality of life for our patients.”

“I am excited to partner with RAYUS Radiology to provide cutting edge research solutions and management services,” Dr. Bravo said. “Together, we will be able to pool our significant resources and collective knowledge to support these important trials and advance new scientific discoveries.”

With its most recent acquisition, RAYUS Radiology adds three Central Florida high-quality imaging centers to its existing footprint in the region. The three locations offer state-of-the-art radiology, including MRI, CT, X-Ray and mammography services for patients seven days a week. With the acquisition, RAYUS Radiology also adds eight additional highly trained subspecialist radiologists to its network.

“We are thrilled to join RAYUS Radiology, as we share the same passion for providing the highest quality, accessible radiology services to our community,” Dr. Robert Posniak said. “I look forward to continuing to be the partner of choice for patients, payors, and referring physicians as part of RAYUS Radiology.”

For RAYUS Radiology, the acquisition of Sand Lake Imaging and the launch of the Radiology Research Institute is the latest in a series of major announcements and aggressive growth strategies that follow Wellspring Capital Management’s acquisition in March 2019. Last week, the company announced its comprehensive rebrand and relaunch as RAYUS Radiology.

For more information about RAYUS Radiology, please contact Andrew Flach at 973-769-3914 or aflach@jconnelly.com

About RAYUS Radiology
RAYUS Radiology is the nation’s leading subspecialty practice for advanced diagnostic and interventional radiology, with a network of imaging centers, hospital partnerships and short- and long- term hospital solutions. The organization, with over 2,000 team members nationally, is committed to delivering clinical excellence in communities across the United States, driven by its affiliated subspecialized radiologist network; compassionate, safe and cost-efficient care; and superior service to referring providers and patients. For more information, visit www.RAYUSradiology.com

SOURCE RAYUS Radiology: http://www.RAYUSradiology.com

World Immunization Week

Every year we celebrate World Immunization Week the last week of April.

The theme this year is “Vaccines Bring Us Closer” and it seems fitting for the global pandemic we have been in for over the last year. The World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and other partners around the world are uniting to

  • Increase trust and confidence in vaccines to maintain and/or increase vaccine acceptance
  • Increase investment in vaccines, including routine immunizations, to remove barriers to access

Routine vaccinations must not be missed while the world is focused on the critically important new vaccines to fight Covid-19. Many children and adults who need boosters have not been vaccinated with routine immunizations during the pandemic, leaving them at risk of serious diseases like measles and polio.

According to WHO “For over 200 years, vaccines have protected us against diseases that threaten lives and prohibit our development. With their help, we can progress without the burden of diseases like smallpox and polio, which cost humanity hundreds of millions of lives

Whilst vaccines aren’t a silver bullet, they will help us progress on a path to a world where we can be together again.

Vaccines themselves continue to advance, bringing us closer to a world free from the likes of TB and cervical cancer, and ending suffering from childhood diseases like measles.

Investment and new research is enabling groundbreaking approaches to vaccine development, which are changing the science of immunization forever, bringing us closer still to a healthier future.”

Watch the following videos to find out more about vaccines that save lives.

Please contact your local physician to discuss the immunizations your family needs.


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 avelde@sandlakeimaging.com


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: www.shepherdshope.org.

Shepherd’s Hope Contact – Abby Bricker at 419-341-1763 or email Abby.bricker@shepherdshope.org

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.