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

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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.

Regarding COVID-19 at Sand Lake Imaging Centers

Patient Check-in Process During Covid-19

Sand Lake Imaging has instituted a new process for checking in for your exams. This is how it works:

  • 90 minutes prior to your exam, you will receive a text message with detail reminders on how to check-in
  • This text message will include a link to check-in once you arrive in the parking lot. Please remain in your car.
  • Click the link and follow the prompts. You will need to enter your date of birth, phone number, and the make, model, and color of your vehicle
  • Once you click submit, you will receive another text verifying you have been completely checked in.
  • You will receive another text when it is your time to enter the building to complete check-in paperwork. Only the patient may enter the building, after a quick health screen.
  • Once this is complete, you have the option to wait in the waiting room with safe social distancing or return to your car to wait. Waiting room waits are typically reserved for patients for whom returning to their vehicle is difficult. There are chairs marked in the waiting room for safe social distancing.
  • You will receive one last text asking you to return to the building for your exam. At this point, the technologist is ready for your exam to begin. You will be taken back to the exam room by the nurse or technologist.

If you have any questions about this process, please call 407-363-2772.

Sand Lake Imaging has initiated extreme sanitary measures to minimize transmission of any diseases including COVID 19.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please alert our front desk staff.

It is paramount and of utmost importance to us to ensure the health and safety of both our patients and employees.

We will be taking appropriate precautionary measures. Our personnel may be wearing masks throughout the building. We will also increase local cleaning measures.

For your safety and the safety of Sand Lake Imaging employees, only the patient that is scheduled for testing today will be allowed to enter the facility.

We are sorry for any inconvenience but we are taking this measure to stop any unnecessary potential exposure to the Covid-19 virus.

Upon entering our building, we will be asking patients these questions:

  1. Have you experienced a new cough, fever, or trouble breathing?
  2. Have you traveled outside the US or a designated high-risk area per the CDC guidelines within the last 21 days?
  3. Have you been in contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus

For your protection, please use the hand sanitizer at the front desk. Click here to learn the proper way to wash your hands.

A Letter To The Community From Our Radiologists

To All Patients in Central Florida:

Dr. Bravo and Dr. Posniak

At Sand Lake Imaging, we know that the COVID-19 pandemic has been, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, quite disruptive to all of our lives.

We know that the great majority of symptomatic patients are going to be presenting to hospital emergency rooms and that these patients are going to be imaged in the hospital imaging facilities.

Not only are we the best in class at imaging in Central Florida, but we are now able to offer you a much safer alternative to any imaging performed in hospital facilities. We have initiated best in class safety policies to ensure that if you need imaging and come to Sand Lake Imaging the risk of transmission of COVID-19 is as low as medically possible.

The safety of all of our patients and staff is of the utmost concern at Sand Lake Imaging. Rest assured that you will continue to get the high-quality delivery of healthcare services at Sand Lake Imaging that you are accustomed to while at the same time remaining much safer than any hospital facility imaging department.

The COVID-19 pandemic does not negate your need for imaging. We stand ready to serve you at Sand Lake Imaging’s three facilities with all of our imaging modalities. Please call us with all of your needs at 407-363-2772. We are here to support you.

Stephen M. Bravo, MD

Robert Posniak MD

National Women’s History Month

Every year, March is designated as National Women’s History Month in the United States. Because we believe that women have always been an integral part of the medical field, we would like to honor a few of the women who paved the way for us.

Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910)

Dr. Blackwell was the first American female doctor, having applied to 12 medical schools before Geneva Medical College in Upstate New York admitted her. It is said she was admitted based on the idea that she would soon get tired of the antics of her fellow classmates and lose interest, therefore dropping her studies. She proved them all wrong and graduated with her medical degree in two years (1849). Blackwell would start an infirmary for poor women and children in New York and later train nurses during the Civil War. She would co-found the London School of Medicine for Women in 1874, the first medical school for women in Britain. Because of Dr. Blackwell, more women went on to pursue their dreams in medicine.

Elizabeth Blackwell

Rebecca Lee Crumpler (1831-1895)

Dr. Crumpler was the first African American woman to earn a medical degree. She attended the New England Female Medical College in Boston and graduated in 1864. After the Civil War, she and her husband moved to Richmond, Virginia where she worked with the Freedmen’s Bureau providing medical care for a large population of freed slaves. In 1883, Crumpler wrote what may be the first medical book by an African American author. The book was titled “A Book of Medical Discourses in Two Parts” and was dedicated “to mothers, nurses, and all who may desire to mitigate the afflictions of the human race.” Dr. Crumpler died in Boston in 1895.

Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Virginia Apgar (1909-1974)

Receiving her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1933, Apgar would train as an anesthesiologist and become Columbia’s first female full professor in 1949. Her work was focused on anesthesia and childbirth. She created the Apgar test (Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, Respiration) in 1953 and it is still used today to assess the health of newborns. In 1959, Apgar left Columbia and started working for the March of Dimes where she focused on the problems of premature birth. She was also an advocate for the rubella vaccine. She served as the clinical professor of pediatrics at Cornell University School of Medicine, where she taught teratology (the study of birth defects).

Virginia Apgar

Gertrude Elion (1918-1999)

Elion was an American biochemist and pharmacologist who graduated from Hunter College in New York City in 1937. She was unable to obtain a graduate research position because she was a woman so she found work as a lab assistant (1937), an assistant organic chemist (1938-1939), a chemistry and physics teaching position (1940-1942), and a research chemist at Johnson & Johnson (1943-1944). In 1944, she started working at Burroughs Wellcome Laboratories (later becoming GlaxoSmithKline). She was instrumental in developing drugs that were effective against leukemia, autoimmune disorders, urinary tract infections, gout, malaria, and viral herpes. Though she officially retired in 1983, she helped oversee the development of azidothymidine, the first drug used in the treatment of AIDS. Along with Hitchings (whom she worked with at Burroughs) she shared the 1988 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the development of drugs used to treat several major diseases. In 1991 she was awarded a National Medal of Science and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Gertrude Elion

We thank all of these ground-breaking women of science for their steadfastness in pursuing their dreams of working in medicine.

American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month – a fitting time to bring awareness to the dangers of heart disease and stroke.

Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women – 1 in 3 American women have heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all adult Americans have cardiovascular disease.

Sand Lake Imaging would like to remind you, our community, to focus on your hearts and encourage you and your friends to get involved in this common goal: the eradication of heart disease.

Now is the perfect time to know your risks and take steps to decrease your chances of having heart disease.

Risk Factors:

  • High blood pressure: Having uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the biggest risks for heart disease and stroke.
  • High blood cholesterol: High cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease. Diabetes, obesity, smoking, eating unhealthy foods, and not exercising contribute to high blood cholesterol.
  • Smoking: More than 37 million American adults are smokers. Thousands of young people start smoking every day. Blood vessels are damaged by smoking, which can cause heart disease.
  • Obesity: Extra weight stresses your heart.
  • Diabetes: Sugar build-up in your blood can damage blood vessels leading to heart disease. Nearly 10 percent of Americans have diabetes.
  • Inactivity: Being physically active keeps your heart and blood vessels healthy. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week.
  • Unhealthy eating: Most Americans eat too much sodium, increasing their blood pressure. Replace processed foods which are known to be high in sodium, with fresh fruits and vegetables to help lower your blood pressure. Diets high in trans-fat, saturated fat, and added sugar increase the risk factor for heart disease.
Go Red for Women – February 7, 2020

Changes You Can Make to Decrease Your Risk of Heart Disease

  • Don’t smoke. If you smoke, stop smoking now. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States.
  • Manage your health care: If you do have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, work with your care team to manage it through diet, exercise, and medications.
  • Eat healthy foods: Make heart-healthy changes to your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and avoid processed foods and foods high in sodium.
  • Get active and stay active! Join an adult exercise class at the gym, go for a walk with a friend, or walk your golf game to get moving.

This year, Wear Red and Go Red for Women Day is on February 7th, to bring awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives. Click here to find out how you can help in the fight against heart disease.

Sand Lake Imaging cares about your overall health. If you have concerns or questions about your heart health, please consult your physician.

Meet a friend for a walk.

National Hand Washing Week

The best way to prevent illnesses is to wash your hands frequently.

Hand washing reduces illness-causing germs

One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick is by washing your hands.

You should wash your hands often to stay healthy, especially during key times when you’re likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • After handling your cloth face covering
  • Before and after treating an open wound
  • After using the restroom
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up after a child who has used the restroom
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage (ie, taking out the trash)
  • After using your cell phone 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Washing your hands the right way:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. (Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end, twice).
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean paper towel. Turn off the running water with the paper towel.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs, but if you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Hand sanitizers:

  • Do not get rid of all types of germs
  • May not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy
  • Do not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals
  • May be more drying to your hands than using soap and water

How to use:

  1. Apply the hand sanitizer to the palm of one hand
  2. Rub your hands together
  3. Rub the sanitizer over all of the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.

The best way to keep illness-causing germs at bay is to wash your hands frequently and when that’s not an option, use hand sanitizer. Stay healthy!