National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

September 25, 2019 is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

Women’s Health and Fitness day is meant to bring awareness to the importance of regular exercise and healthy living for women of all stages of life.

Healthy Lifestyle Ideas:

  • See your physician for a checkup to monitor your health and make adjustments as needed.
  • Eat “superfood” – broccoli, apples, other fruits and vegetables, and lean meats.
  • Take up a new sport or take your current sport to a new level with a trainer.
  • Take a nap. Sleep is beneficial to your heart, mind, and weight.
  • Take a walk with a friend. Not only is the walk good for your body, but the time spent with a friend is also invaluable to your emotional well-being.
  • Eat foods high in calcium and vitamin D, like dairy products and leafy greens.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get a massage. The health benefits are immeasurable.

Of course, working out with a friend is one of the most fun ways to get and stay in shape. Take it from Claudia and Alma, our amazing marketers!

Pink October 2019 Press Release


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Initiative provides free screenings to women in need

ORLANDO, Fla. (September 13, 2018) – 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 Orlando community. For each new patient who gets a mammogram at Sand Lake Imaging during the month of October, the facility will donate a free mammogram screening to an uninsured Shepherd’s Hope patient. It is the seventh consecutive year for the “Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” initiative held in conjunction with national Breast Cancer Awareness Month

“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.” Shepherd’s Hope provides free primary and secondary medical services to the one in four Central Floridians who are uninsured or underinsured at five health center locations in Central Florida.

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 Schedule Your Appointment Today!.

About Shepherd’s Hope

Shepherd’s Hope is the leading voice for the uninsured and underinsured in Central Florida. Founded in 1997, the faith-based nonprofit organization provides free primary care and specialty care medical services to uninsured men, women, and children from five free-standing health centers in Orange and Seminole counties. In 2017, Shepherd’s Hope provided 19,575 free patient visits and medical services thanks to partnerships with 2,800 licensed medical and general volunteers, 3 community hospital systems, 100 diagnostic/secondary providers and 23 multi-faith partners. To learn more, visit their website or call (407) 876-6699, ext. 228.

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. The staff and radiologists recognize that, in the performance of their duties, they must continually seek to improve services while remaining sensitive to patients’ needs. Learn more by calling (407) 363-2772.

In Partnership With Shepherd’s Hope, Pink October 2019

This October, Sand Lake Imaging partners with Shepherd’s Hope for the Seventh Year

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is one of the most important health awareness initiatives in the United States in terms of the research and fundraising that is done to find a cure. Sand Lake Imaging has once again partnered with Shepherd’s Hope to bring the Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram to the Orlando community again.

A Gift From One Woman to Another

During the month of October through December 31st, every new patient that gets a mammogram at one of our three locations gifts a free mammogram to a woman in our community who is uninsured.

A reminder of why it’s important to get mammograms.

“Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among American women of all ages. 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.” – Dr. Robert Posniak, women’s specialty radiologist and president of Sand Lake Imaging

When you’re scheduling your mammogram this year, the choice is clear. Sand Lake Imaging delivers 3D mammograms with half the radiation of a standard 2D image and half the compression time. 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.

Every Woman Receives a Gift

In addition to partnering with Shepherd’s Hope to help local, uninsured women receive mammograms, Sand Lake Imaging wants to encourage women to obtain their annual mammograms beginning at age 40. To show our appreciation to all of our patients for choosing Sand Lake Imaging, we are also giving away this beautiful Breast Cancer Awareness compact mirror to any patient who has a mammogram at any one of our three facilities. To schedule an appointment call 407-363-2772.

Prostate Cancer Awareness

National Prostate Health Month is observed every September

Bringing public awareness to the importance of prostate health, providing more accessible prostate health screenings, educating about risk factors for prostate-related diseases, and advocating for more research on prostate health issues.

In light of National Prostate Health Month, here are some facts regarding Prostate cancer:

  • This year, over 161,000 men will be diagnosed with Prostate cancer.
  • It is the most common non-skin cancer in men in the United States.
  • More than 90% of men who are diagnosed have localized disease, meaning the cancer has not spread outside of the prostate.
  • Nearly 3 million men in America are Prostate cancer survivors.
  • Two screening tests detect prostate cancer:
    • Digital rectal examination
    • Blood test which detects prostate-specific antigen
  • A diagnosis is then confirmed with a biopsy.
  • There are three care options for localized Prostate cancer:
    • Active surveillance – some prostate cancers may never become life-threatening. If you and your doctor choose this option, you may have more frequent DRE and PSA tests.
    • Radiation therapy – Brachytherapy and external beam radiation are the two types of radiation therapy. With brachytherapy, small radioactive “seeds” are planted in the prostate. With external beam radiation, the prostate and other vital tissues are carefully targeted with radiation.
    • Surgery or Radical prostatectomy – This is an operation to remove the whole prostate and nearby tissues.
  • If you are over 55 years in age talk to your doctor about prostate screening.
  • Some men are at higher risk. If you are 40 to 54 years old and are African American or have a family history of prostate cancer, it is recommended that you consult your physician for a prostate screening.
  • To look for Prostate cancer that may have spread, some imaging tests may be performed. Those include:

At Sand Lake Imaging we are dedicated to providing the highest quality diagnostic imaging to the patients and physicians in our communities.

Our imaging equipment is the most advanced in our area and our radiologists are among the best trained in Central Florida. When it comes to your medical imaging procedures, trust the tradition of imaging excellence at Sand Lake Imaging. Our office located in The Villages is equipped with the latest state of the art 3T MRI technology and parameters to maximize prostate imaging and the detection of prostate cancer.

Ask your doctor to send you to Sand Lake Imaging in Orlando, Lady Lake, or Maitland for your diagnostic imaging needs.

Is Golf Good For Your Health?

Florida has over 1400 golf courses.

August is National Golf Month, which is a great way to get more people involved in golf.

The Sunshine State offers over 1400 golf courses, more than any other state. Orlando alone has roughly 65 courses. Living in Central Florida guarantees you know someone who loves golf and for good reason. Not only is it a great way to spend a beautiful Florida sunshiny day, but it also allows you numerous health benefits.

Mental health – the game of golf keeps your mind alert and provides human contact with others which can boost your psyche. Being surrounded by nature is good for the mind and soul. The game can be a good source of healthy competition and be as fierce as you want it to be. Keeping score, weighing the next shot and figuring out which club to use based on your skill level all help to keep your mind sharp.

Stress-reduction – For years, we’ve known that walking can reduce stress, increasing endorphins and serotonin levels. When you escape the hassles of your day-to-day routine, you are increasing the likelihood of relaxation.

Exercise – apart from the walking 5-6 miles for a full 18-hole game, the swing itself is great for providing a full-body workout. A full swing works the arms, legs, back, and core. If you’re looking for a shorter workout, hit the driving range and see how many swings you get in out of a bucket of balls. One round of walking 18 holes of golf can work off 1500 calories!

If you’re looking for a low-impact sport, this is it! The kinds of stresses and strains that sports like tennis, running, and basketball can put on joints don’t happen in golf.

Better sleep – Using your body and brain in the fresh air will make for a better sleep. You’ll fall asleep faster, sleep deeper and stay asleep longer.

Make friends – Playing golf with friends and family, or meeting other players at the course, are a great way to up your social circle.

Of course, there are downsides to golf as well.

Over-indulging in food and drink – Most golf clubs offer food and a beverage cart, which is great for an occasional treat, but if you’re playing every day and eating and drinking from the cart you’re likely to over-indulge. Hot dogs and beer every day should not be a steady diet. Try to bring your own heart-healthy snacks and drink more water.

Sunburns – Remember to wear your sunblock to be sun-safe. Skin cancer is a real threat to golfers.

Injuries – Injuries are a real threat to golfers.  The most common golf injuries are

  • Back pain is caused by being hunched over your club and rotating through your swing.
  • Rotator cuff injury which occurs from swinging the club over and over. This can occur from muscles and tendons tearing.
  • Tendinitis is commonly referred to as “tennis elbow” or “golf elbow”. It is irritation and inflammation of the outer tendon.
  • Knee pain and damage can occur from the stress and strain put on your knee through the power of your swing.
  • Tendinitis in the wrist happens when the wrist tendons become overly fatigued and inflamed.

Some ways to prevent these injuries from happening are to make sure you are using the proper form, practice strength training, and wear the proper shoes. If you’re feeling any pain, contact your physician and get a referral to Sand Lake Imaging to have your imaging exams.

We recommend you get out there as often as you can! During the month of August, several courses may have deals for golfers to enjoy National Golf Month. Check your favorite course to see what they offer.

Diagnosing Memory Loss – Knowledge is Empowering

We understand that neurodegenerative disease causes lots of stress and anxiety, which is why we are here to help.

Finding Answers

Here at Sand Lake Imaging, we understand how stressful a cognitive disease can be for both you and your family. One in six women develop Alzheimer’s in old age as well as one in eleven men. Especially with higher rates of Alzheimer’s in women than men, we want to get you the most accurate and clear scans as the best women’s imaging center in Orlando. As Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is recognized in June, we want to help answer some of the unknowns and questions you may have. We believe that knowledge is power and our team of specialists can provide a variety of scans to give you the answers you deserve.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases are neurodegenerative disorders that impact your neurotransmitters in different ways. They cause various symptoms including memory loss or decline in motor skills. Each part of the brain has a different function, so these varied symptoms depend on what region the disease affects. Alzheimer’s affects the areas of the brain focused on memory and language. In the areas that control movement, Parkinson’s disease inhibits dopamine production preventing your brain from communicating with your body. While Alzheimer’s leads to cognitive impairment, patients with Parkinson’s may not always develop dementia, a general decline in mental ability. Currently, we can perform a PET scan to see indications of both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Each Line of Progression with Symptoms

Alzheimer’s Disease: Mild- Severe

Mild (early stage)

  • Issues with recalling names
  • Problems performing tasks in group settings
  • Trouble planning-organizing
  • Misplacing objects
  • Forgetting newly learned information

Moderate (middle stage)

  • Forgetting memories
  • Changes in mood (often more withdrawn) and behavior (seen in repetition)
  • Confusion about time and location
  • Changes in sleep patterns

Severe (late stage)

  • Loss of independence in daily activities
  • Decreased awareness of experience and location
  • Decreasing mobility
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Increasing vulnerability to disease

Parkinson’s Disease: Hoehn and Yahr scale

One and Two (early stage)

  • Tremor and rigidity
  • Changes in posture and gait
  • Facial expression changes
  • Daily tasks are independent but more challenging

Three (middle stage)

  • Loss of balance
  • Slow movement
  • Falling is more common
  • Daily activities are independent, but significantly impaired

Four and five (advanced stage)

  • Requires a walker or wheelchair for mobility
  • Stiffness in all parts on the body
  • Loss of independence in daily activities
  • May experience hallucinations or delusions among other non-motor symptoms

What to Expect for Your PET Scan

The procedure begins with an injection of small amounts of radioactive tracer. It will cling to the clusters in question for the scan to detect. This is relatively painless, so do not worry. We will then have you lie down onto a table that will slide you into the PET/CT scanner. Because you are in this position for an extended amount of time, some patients have found this period uncomfortable. Our technologists will do everything we can to make you comfortable.

Cognitive Impairment Beyond Alzheimer’s

Cognitive impairment is not associated with a single disease or cause, despite Alzheimer’s accounting for a majority of diagnoses. Some other causes include: stroke, traumatic brain injury, and developmental disabilities. A cognitive impairment diagnosis does have a larger range. It is described from mild to severe with symptoms for MCI including noticing your memory slip and severe cognitive impairment including the loss of independence and comprehension. Please reach out to a doctor if you have any concerns. Some other symptoms may include:

  • Trouble remembering people/places or recalling memories
  • Issues concentrating or learning new things
  • Feeling overwhelmed by decision making
  • Failing to exercise proper judgment in  an emergency
  • Mood and behavior changes

What to Expect for Your MRI Scan

Our advanced technology has allowed us to cut the standard scan time in half, so your scan should take approximately 10-15 minutes, making us the Orlando’s best MRI imaging center. We will then have you change into a hospital gown. Now, we will insert an IV into your arm and have you lie down on the table for the scan. From there, the table will move into the MRI machine. You will need to lie very still for the images.

On a side note, avoid wearing jewelry that can interfere with the exam. If you wear hearing aids, we will ask you to remove them for the scan. If you have a pacemaker of aneurysm clips, you cannot receive an MRI. We can provide you with medicine if you are anxious or claustrophobic, but you will need to have someone drive you home.

Life After Your Diagnosis

We know the days after a diagnosis can be challenging and full of questions and emotions. Find some support there are many people with common experiences out in your community or online. Both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s have understanding online communities and local events. The Alzheimer’s Association even provides a hotline at 1.800.272.3900. Be prepared to make more long term decisions with your family involving care and treatment. Know that you also have a team of doctors here to help you along with family and friends.

For any questions or concerns, please contact either of our offices at (352) 753-2660 or (407) 363-2772. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you can streamline your visit online here with us today!

Our Focus: Being the Best Women’s Imaging Center in Orlando

Our Women’s Imaging team is dedicated to meeting your needs and exceeding your expectations. We focus on providing you the best scans.

Sand Lake Imaging Cares

Sand Lake Imaging provides the highest quality digital imaging for various breast-specific procedures. Early detection increases treatment options vastly, and we want to help you gain the best care possible with our scans. Breast care can begin in the privacy of your own home. A Self Breast Exam is a great, routine way to familiarize yourself with your body, so you can get a feel for what is normal for you. We created a guide and video to make this exam as simple and straightforward as possible. If you feel anything unusual or are in need of your annual mammogram, you can also schedule an appointment with us online today.

Our women’s health team specializes in more than just mammograms. Ultrasounds are another large part of our care here at Sand Lake Imaging. For the most accurate picture possible, we choose an advanced integrated ultrasound machine, the Siemens Acuson S2000 Ultrasound. Another test we offer to make sure your little one is happy and healthy is the Nuchal Translucency Screening Test. This test measures the clear tissue at the back of your baby’s neck which can be used to determine if you want a chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis test. We want to get you the answers you need through our screenings, so you and your family can get the help you need.

Sand Lake Imaging also provides scans for other aspects of your health. Did you know that women are just as likely to suffer from heart disease as men? Heart diseases affect women differently, which is why we provide Coronary Calcium Scorings, CT Angiographies, and Vascular Ultrasounds in our Women’s Imaging department. These scans look into calcium build up and blood flow. We want to help diagnose vascular and heart issues, so you can get the treatment you need.

Women are largely affected by decreasing bone mass in old age which is why we provide a Bone Density Test.This low-dose x-ray scan can help diagnose conditions like osteoporosis. We pride ourselves in being the best women’s imaging center in Orlando because of the variety of clear and accurate exams we provide that are designed specifically for women.

Technology and Treatment

Here at Sand Lake Imaging, we aim to provide the best scans for our patients. We are able to do this with the latest technology available: the Siemens MAGNETOM Skyra 3T MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine. For your convenience, we are able to perform your breast MRI in 10 to 15 minutes rather than the standard 30 to 45 minutes. Accuracy also improves because we run the scan at 3T (teslas) compared to 1.5T used elsewhere. Using a higher magnetic field over a shorter time provides more accurate readings making us Orlando’s best MRI Imaging Center.

We also use the latest mammogram technology: the Hologic Selenia Dimensions Tomographic Mammography system. Digital mammography provides a 3D image with a clearer screening than x-ray mammography. Clearer screenings provide our radiologists a better image of your breast tissue and a more confident diagnosis for you.

In addition to the Breast MRI and Digital Mammography, we perform three different types of biopsies. They include Stereotactic breast biopsies (done with an x-ray), MRI-guided breast biopsies, and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies. We aim to offer accurate, convenient exams that get you the answers you need.

Comfort and Accessibility

Our priority is your comfort. We understand that these exams cause anxiety, so if you have any questions or concerns, you may reach any of our offices at (352) 753-2660 or (407) 363-2772. Language should never be a barrier in health care which is why many of our team members are bilingual. Our goal is to make you feel at home from the moment you enter our facilities. It is our comforting staff that makes Sand Lake Imaging the best women’s imaging center in Orlando.

Providing care to everyone in need is a large part of our mission here at Sand Lake Imaging. Through our “Get A Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” initiative, we work with Shepherd’s Hope to provide one free mammogram to an uninsured or underinsured woman for every mammogram scheduled during the month of October. We also promote accessibility with a fair price. As an independent facility, we have fewer administrative costs than hospitals which allows us to offer the same procedure for less.

Navigating Sand Lake Imaging is much simpler than a big hospital’s. There are no ramps and maps to decipher, just a walk in from the parking lot. We want to make your experience as quick and hassle-free as possible through online scheduling. Why is Sand Lake Imaging the best women’s imaging center in Orlando? Streamline your appointment here and find out for yourself!

Your Choice, the Clear Choice: Sand Lake Imaging

Our team of doctors is here to help you. We want to provide you with not only the best care but also the best experience. Choose a clinic that cares, choose Sand Lake Imaging.

Know Your Options

Did you know that as a patient, you can choose where your doctor refers you for future treatment? Here at Sand Lake Imaging, we want you to know your options because many patients are unaware of this choice. Hospital systems are corporations looking to keep patients within their business. Doctor’s referrals are considered a vital source of revenue and in some cases, they are pressured to refer internally, which may not be your best fit. This is why it is vital that you understand your options. One option available to all patients is the option to be referred to an Independent facility, as they offer many benefits.

A Fair Price

One of the benefits that independent facilities offer is that they often cost much less than hospitals. Independent facilities have lower costs due to fewer administrative costs that hospitals must cover, so these charges tend to roll over to the patient’s bill. Hospitals also have the power to negotiate with insurance companies, attaining higher rates. Combined, these two added costs can nearly double the price of a procedure at a hospital. By choosing an independent facility, your insurance company will pay less, meaning lower premiums for you.

At Your Convenience

Independent facilities offer hours that cater to your life. Here at Sand Lake Imaging, we offer evening and Saturday appointments to make scheduling easier than ever. Our goal is to make your experience as worry-free as possible not only with schedules but also upon arrival. We have easy suburban commutes and no confusing parking ramps. Instead, you only have a quick walk from your parking space.

Specialization Means Personal Care

Independent facilities offer discipline-specific care, which means their physicians are experts in this area of medicine. At Sand Lake Imaging, we specialize in diagnostic radiology with a large focus on Women’s Imaging. Nationally accredited as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, we put a large focus on providing a variety of exams, including biopsies, MRIs, and mammograms. 3-D Hologic Digital Tomosyntheses, dubbed 3-D Mammography, is life-saving technology; it contributes to a much higher early detection rate with clearer images in a shorter procedure. We also provide Orlando’s best MRIs for breasts and three kinds of breast biopsies.

Exceeding Your Expectations

Our specialization is not our limit. For men and women alike, we provide many different screenings and procedures.
Some Procedures we perform include:

  • Interventional Radiology procedures including biopsies, anthograms, and aspirations.
  • Diagnostic Imaging scans like x-rays, 64-slice CT scans, and 3T MRIs.
  • Nuclear Medicine Imaging, a screening option which uses trace amounts of radioactive material. These scans cover a wide range of procedures from a full skeletal scan to gastrointestinal (GI) scan.

Our goal is to provide the highest quality scan for your needs while ensuring your comfort and care during your visit. As an independent clinic, we are able to we provide care tailored to you with affordable prices and convenient hours. When it comes to your imaging needs, we hope you choose Sand Lake Imaging.

Next time you need a medical scan choose Sand Lake Imaging. Streamline Your Visit online at any of our three convenient locations. We are here to ease anxiety, so if you have any questions please call us at any of our locations.

Lady Lake and the Villages: (352) 753-2660
Orlando/Maitland: (407) 363-2772

Orlando’s Best MRI Imaging Center

Technology and Convenience

Sand Lake Imaging is proud to be Orlando’s best MRI imaging center. We want to make your MRI scan as quick and easy as possible. Our technology, the Siemens MAGNETOM Skyra 3T MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine, allows us to perform the exam in 10-15 minutes rather than 30-45 minutes like some of our competitors. A higher magnetic field creates more accurate readings. For this reason, we perform our MRI’s at 3T compared to 1.5T used elsewhere. Our technology allows for your convenience with quick quality scans.

Breast MRI Specialty

Sand Lake Imaging is dedicated to women’s imaging. This is why we offer a variety of breast imaging examinations in Orlando including mammograms, biopsies, and of course MRI’s. This specialization allows for improved expertise in our staff and technology. For your comfort, we have tables with cup-like indentations that are surrounded by coils, which take the images and send the data to a computer for our radiologists. Their specialized experience in breast imaging allows for better identification of tumors sooner enabling better treatment. Our MRI technologists have undergone specific training and education in order to become certified. We are here to provide the best scans current technology and knowledge allow.

Other Diagnostic MRI Scans

We also have the rest of your body covered with a variety of other MRI’s. Using the latest state of the art technology, we can now perform Multi-Parametric MRI Prostate Imaging. Easy and painless, Orlando’s best MRI scans provide clear images of internal body tissues not seen in x-rays. We are here to make the process as simple as possible. Assuming you are not receiving an intravenous contrast, you can eat and drink normally leading up to the procedure. Our Radiologists’ goal is to facilitate your treatment, so we will have a written report of your scans sent to your physician within 24 hours.

Our Comforting Staff

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about your exam. Our technologist’s priority is your comfort, so you can remain still for the scans. You will be given hearing protection because the coils make a loud knocking noise as they switch on and off. Throughout the process, our technologists are in the room with you and happy to help with anything you may need. Typically, you can have a family member or friend in the room with you. Many of our technologists are bilingual speaking Spanish and English.

Sand Lake Imaging cares, and we strive to provide Orlando’s best MRI experience, making it as hassle-free as possible. If you need an MRI or have any questions, we are here to help you. Streamline your visit here or call us at any of our locations: Lady Lake and the Villages, Maitland, and Orlando at Dr. Phillips.