Better, Earlier Breast Cancer Detection for Patients

Sand Lake Imaging Offers 3D Mammogram Technology

Local Partnership with Shepherd’s Hope Continues During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

Sand Lake Imaging is dedicated to spreading Breast Cancer Awareness as a part of our “Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” initiative. #SLICares

ORLANDO, Fla. –  Sand Lake Imaging (SLI), a leader in providing the highest quality Diagnostic Radiology in Central Florida, is proud to announce the use of the Hologic® 3D Mammography™ System, the only technology available to offer the groundbreaking Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam.

“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,” said Dr. Robert Posniak, women’s specialty radiologist and president of Sand Lake Imaging. “We also reduce callbacks by up to 40%, compared to 2D alone.”

This technology allows Sand Lake Imaging to offer 3D Mammograms with half the radiation of the standard 2D/3D mammogram combination with half the compression time.

Dense breast tissue can make it difficult for doctors to detect breast cancer during annual screenings, which is concerning since women with dense breasts are more likely to develop breast cancer. Studies show that Sand Lake Imaging’s Mammography exam has greater accuracy than 2D mammography for women across a variety of ages and breast densities. It is also FDA approved as superior for women with dense breast tissue compared to 2D, which is beneficial as nearly fifty percent of women between the ages of 40 and 74 have dense breasts.

“Mammography has been shown to save lives and is central to the marked decline in mortality from breast cancer,” said Dr. Posniak. “Sand Lake Imaging strongly encourages women to continue to obtain their annual mammograms beginning at age 40. The newest technology of 3D mammography allows us to identify smaller breast cancers at an earlier stage.”

One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer – the most common cancer among women. Screening mammograms can detect cancer early and help reduce breast cancer mortality. Many women in Central Florida will forgo screenings as a result of cost and/or lack of health insurance. Therefore, for the sixth consecutive year, Shepherd’s Hope and Sand Lake Imaging are partnering to provide free mammograms to women in need through their “Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” initiative held in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Throughout the month of October, for each new patient who gets a mammogram at Sand Lake Imaging, the facility will donate a free screening mammogram to an uninsured Shepherd’s Hope patient. Since 2013, Sand Lake Imaging has donated more than a thousand mammograms through this program.

“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,” said Marni Stahlman, president, and CEO of Shepherd’s Hope. “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.”

For more information on how to obtain a mammogram, please schedule an appointment or contact any of Sand Lake Imaging’s three facilities.

Sand Lake Imaging is dedicated to providing the highest quality diagnostic radiology to the patients and physicians of Central Florida in a personal, cost-effective, and timely manner. Sand Lake Imaging has three locations throughout Central Florida serving Orlando, Maitland and Lady Lake specializing in diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine, women’s imaging, and interventional radiology.

 

MEDIA CONTACT | Shanon Larimer | shanon@larimercompany.com | (407) 900-5106

Sand Lake Imaging in Orlando Business Journal

Article by Cindy Barth  – Editor, Orlando Business Journal 

Saving lives: This local initiative helps low-income women get free mammograms

Five years ago, after a succession of uninsured female patients came to Shepherd’s Hope Inc. for their health care needs and indicated they hadn’t had a mammogram in several years, Marni Stahlman decided to look for a way to help.

The CEO of the Orlando-based nonprofit organization — which provides free primary and specialty care medical services to the uninsured — approached Dr. Robert Posniak, president of Sand Lake Imaging, about creating a unique one-for-one partnership: For each new patient who gets a mammogram at Sand Lake Imaging during the month of October, the facility would donate a free mammogram screening to one of the Shepherd’s Hope patients.

Today, Shepherd’s Hope has ordered 2,203 mammograms for its female patients, in addition to helping 879 others get more involved diagnostic mammograms after their initial screenings. The nonprofit also has had a similar relationship with Florida Hospital and its mobile mammogram unit for about six years.

Beyond the nearly $1.3 million value of the partnership, the more important impact is it’s been lifesaving for many, Stahlman told Orlando Business Journal: “One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, but for those who are uninsured, this lifesaving procedure is far from reach. We’ve done 480 screening mammograms so far this year, and of that total, 239 needed further diagnostic attention.”

Dr. Robert Posniak agreed to partner with Shepherd’s Hope back in 2013

In fact, breast cancer is the second-leading cause of death among women of all ages. But for the uninsured, a mammogram often is last on their list of things that need attention due to the cost involved.

Although several health care organizations have very generous offers of $30 mammograms in October, many women still are unable to juggle that cost with other basic needs, Stahlman said.

As a result, many uninsured women forgo their annual mammogram — a procedure designed to detect breast cancer early and help reduce mortality.

Skipping a mammogram can be a critical mistake, Posniak said, because a routine annual screening mammography for an average-risk woman beginning at age 40 has saved lives. “And it gives more treatment options — if diagnosed early,” Posniak said.

The need for early detection and a wider array of treatment options is something near and dear to Stahlman’s heart. Her mother battled breast cancer successfully, but it recurred when she was 73, leaving her to fight the battle once again. Stahlman’s sister also had breast cancer.

“As you can imagine, breast cancer is very personal to me,” Stahlman told OBJ. “And [getting a mammogram] is something so easy to do, yet it’s also easy to forget. We want to make sure these women don’t forget.”

Stahlman of Shepherd’s Hope (on right) supporting SLI Pink October 2018 with the Believe Scarf

Part of the reason women are being remiss about getting mammograms is due to conflicting information about the best age to start, said Dr. Lynda Frye, a radiologist/breast imaging specialist at Sand Lake Imaging. But with 21 percent of all breast cancer cases occurring before the age of 50, “you want to make sure you’re paying attention. At age 40, you’re at an average risk, which is why you should have a mammogram every year after that,” she said.

After all, a breast cancer diagnosis not only has financial and health implications for the individual, it also has serious workplace ramifications.

The National Business Coalition on Health estimated cancer’s annual cost for U.S. employers on medical care and lost productivity to be about $264 billion. That doesn’t take into account the after effects from chemotherapy and other factors that make it difficult for those dealing with the disease to work regular hours and keep up a regular schedule many times.

That’s why Stahlman gets excited when she shares results of the program. In its first year, 200-plus women got free screenings. By 2017, 480 women were helped through the partnership, and that number already has matched this year to date, Stahlman said.

Stahlman concludes, “What you find can be lifesaving. It’s one of the most important things a woman can do for her personal health.”

Dr. Lynda Frye, a radiologist/breast imaging specialist at SLI, suggests that women over 40 have a mammogram every year. (Photo Credit Jim Carchidi)

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This Pink October, Be the Difference

Sand Lake Imaging is partnering with Shepherd’s Hope for their sixth consecutive year to raise Breast Cancer Awareness.

Sand Lake Imaging is dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of Breast Cancer which is why we are kicking off this Pink October by partnering with Shepherd’s Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to providing access to health care for the uninsured. Throughout the entire month of October, we are giving free mammograms to local, uninsured women when new patients get a mammogram at any of our facilities through our “Get A Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” initiative.

Since starting this program in 2013, Sand Lake Imaging has donated more than a thousand mammograms to women in need.

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 our patients for choosing Sand Lake Imaging, we are also giving away this beautiful Breast Cancer Awareness scarf to any patient who has a mammogram at any one of our three facilities.

Our Women’s Imaging team is dedicated to meeting your needs and exceeding your expectations. When it comes to Breast Cancer prevention, Sand Lake Imaging is proud to use the Hologic® 3D Mammography™ System, the only technology available to offer the groundbreaking Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam that can detect breast cancer earlier and with HALF the radiation and HALF the compression time, compared to standard mammograms. This October, switch to Sand Lake Imaging to experience 3D mammograms, make a difference, and give a mammogram.

Get into Sand Lake Imaging Today! Schedule your appointment at any of our three facilities during October and we will extend this promotion through December 31st, 2018.

Learn More About Our 3D Mammography

Watch Sand Lake Imaging Featured on WFTV 

The scarf design for patients that receive a mammogram at any one of our facilities throughout the month of October.
Nancy Alvarez (WFTV), Alma Van Der Velde, and Marni Stahlman (from left to right) dressed for Pink October!

Choose 3D Mammogram Technology, Choose Sand Lake Imaging

SAND LAKE IMAGING OFFERS 3D MAMMOGRAM TECHNOLOGY

Local Partnership with Shepherd’s Hope Continues during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

Sand Lake Imaging is now offering the Genius 3D Mammography exam, a more accurate way to screen for breast cancer.

ORLANDO, Fla. – (September 18, 2018) Sand Lake Imaging (SLI), a leader in providing the highest quality Diagnostic Radiology in Central Florida, is proud to announce the use of the Hologic® 3D Mammography™ System, the only technology available to offer the groundbreaking Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam.

“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,” said Dr. Robert Posniak, women’s specialty radiologist and president of Sand Lake Imaging. “We also reduce callbacks by up to 40%, compared to 2D alone.”

This technology allows Sand Lake Imaging to offer 3D Mammograms with half the radiation of the standard 2D/3D mammogram combination with half the compression time.

Dense breast tissue can make it difficult for doctors to detect breast cancer during annual screenings, which is concerning since women with dense breasts are more likely to develop breast cancer. Studies show that Sand Lake Imaging’s Mammography exam has greater accuracy than 2D mammography for women across a variety of ages and breast densities. It is also FDA approved as superior for women with dense breast tissue compared to 2D, which is beneficial as nearly fifty percent of women between the ages of 40 and 74 have dense breasts.

“Mammography has been shown to save lives and is central to the marked decline in mortality from breast cancer,” said Dr. Posniak. “Sand Lake Imaging strongly encourages women to continue to obtain their annual mammograms beginning at age 40. The newest technology of 3D mammography allows us to identify smaller breast cancers at an earlier stage.”

One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer – the most common cancer among women. Screening mammograms can detect cancer early and help reduce breast cancer mortality. Many women in Central Florida will forgo screenings as a result of cost and/or lack of health insurance. Therefore, for the sixth consecutive year, Shepherd’s Hope and Sand Lake Imaging are partnering to provide free mammograms to women in need through their “Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” initiative held in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Throughout the month of October, for each new patient who gets a mammogram at Sand Lake Imaging, the facility will donate a free screening mammogram to an uninsured Shepherd’s Hope patient. Since 2013, Sand Lake Imaging has donated more than a thousand mammograms through this program.

“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,” said Marni Stahlman, president, and CEO of Shepherd’s Hope. “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.”

For more information on how to obtain a mammogram, please schedule an appointment or contact any of Sand Lake Imaging’s three facilities.

Sand Lake Imaging is dedicated to providing the highest quality diagnostic radiology to the patients and physicians of Central Florida in a personal, cost-effective, and timely manner. Sand Lake Imaging has three locations throughout Central Florida serving Orlando, Maitland and Lady Lake specializing in diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine, women’s imaging, and interventional radiology.

 

MEDIA CONTACT | Shanon Larimer | shanon@larimercompany.com | (407) 900-5106

Understanding & Coping with Parkinson’s Disease

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and having a loved one diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease can be a difficult transition, but Sand Lake Imaging cares. We are working to help give you the best possible resources and care needed for the loved one in your life.

 According to the Parkinson Association of Central Florida, “this year, more than 60,000 patients will be diagnosed in the United States, joining the one million people living with the disease in the U.S. and four to six million worldwide.” – Parkinson CF

As a part of our compassion campaign, SLI has partnered with the Parkinson Association of Central Florida for the month of April. Parkinson Association of Central Florida is a local non-profit dedicated to helping bring resources and information to Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Lake county on ways to get involved in local events, fundraisers, support groups, and other engagement opportunities near you.

Educational programs offered by the Parkinson Outreach Center

  • PD 101 What You and Your Family Should Know
  • COPE-Care Optimally Parkinson Education
  • Parkinson’s Care Consulting
  • Young Onset Parkinson’s
  • PD Care

To learn more about these programs or to make an appointment, contact the Parkinson Outreach center at 407-303-5295.

Comment and like our newest post on Facebook here for a chance to win $100 to be donated to the Parkinson Association of Central Florida, or a charity of your choice!

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Central Florida Community and National Health Awareness Campaign

SAND LAKE IMAGING ANNOUNCES CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY & NATIONAL HEALTH AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

ORLANDO, FL. – (Jan. 15, 2018) – Sand Lake Imaging (SLI) is proud to announce the launch of its 2018 Central Florida Community and National Health Awareness Campaign, “Sand Lake Imaging CARES.” Search for #SLICARES on social media or visit us on Facebook here.

Initiative Promotes Awareness, Prevention, and Treatment of Health Issues Impacting Lives

The Campaign, which will highlight national health awareness initiatives and partner with 12 leading non-profit community organizations, will engage patients of SLI by informing them of each individual non-profit cause, and encouraging patients to become active participants in living a healthy lifestyle. The causes will feature awareness missions including: heart and lung disease, Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, kidney disease and more.

“Our patients have choices as to who their imaging providers will be, and we want to communicate that we are a patient-centered imaging facility that cares about our patients and the communities they live in,” said Dr. Robert Posniak, partner at Sand Lake Imaging. “We believe in listening to, informing, and involving patients in their care and embracing greater patient interaction which yields greater benefits in the form of improved quality and patient safety, reduced costs, higher-value care, improved patient outcomes, and greater patient and provider satisfaction.”

The Campaign reinforces their community focus and will take a unique multi-leveled approach to reach patients throughout 2018. Kicking off the project, Sand Lake Imaging has unveiled “The Waiting Room Project” where guests will enjoy hand-painted murals by James Oleson and interactive artworks designed by psychologist, Linda Brant. The collection of three immersive art installation experiences: “A Universe Within,” “Butterfly Effects: The Power of Small Things,” and the “Window of Imagination” are housed exclusively in the Orlando location, and provide guests with a variety of interactive opportunities to engage and to learn more about the human body, and how our experiences impact our lives. In addition, representatives from each non-profit organization featured that month, will also be present at the Orlando Location on the first Wednesday of each month to answer questions and to provide supplementary information.

As the complementary piece to the “Sand Lake Imaging CARES” Campaign, SLI will further give back to the Central Florida community through their Facebook page, (facebook.com/sandlakeimagingcares.com). Each Wednesday, beginning January 10, SLI will offer a weekly Facebook contest that will promote National health awareness and allow participants who comment the opportunity to win $100 directly donated to a charity of their choice. This campaign is designed to inform all on healthy lifestyle choices, and to inspire patients to become active participants by giving back to their local communities.

“At SLI, we are deeply committed to demonstrating to our patients and to the community that we truly care,” said Dr. Stephen Bravo, partner at Sand Lake Imaging. “We care about them personally, their lifestyles, and the causes that matter to them most. Our hope for this campaign is to not only support our patients both inside and outside our offices, but to bring additional awareness to critical national causes and to continue to give back to our local community in every way that we can.”

The interactive art installations will kick off for International Creativity Month at SLI on January 15, and the full campaign will run each month through the end of 2018.

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Sand Lake Imaging Cares – Creativity Month

Sand Lake Imaging (SLI) is proud to announce the launch of its 2018 Central Florida Community and National Health Awareness Campaign, “Sand Lake Imaging CARES,” (#SLICARES).

The interactive art installations will kick off for International Creativity Month at SLI on January 15, and the full campaign will run each month through the end of 2018. Read our press release here.

Kicking off the project, Sand Lake Imaging has unveiled “The Waiting Room Project” where guests will enjoy hand-painted murals by James Oleson and interactive artworks designed by psychologist Linda Brant. The collection of three immersive art installation experiences: “A Universe Within,” “Butterfly Effects: The Power of Small Things,” and the “Window of Imagination” are housed exclusively in the Orlando location, and provide guests with a variety of interactive opportunities to engage and to learn more about the human body, and how our experiences impact our lives.

International Creativity Month is annually held in January.

Dance is the mother of all languages. – R. G. Collingwood

International Creativity Month was created by Randall Munson, a professional speaker and presenter who is known for using humor, magic tricks and creativity in his presentations to businesses around the world, including Disney World, Microsoft, and IBM.

By being held in January, International Creativity Month gives an opportunity to take a fresh approach to problem-solving and reaffirm confidence in our creative capabilities. It’s meant to remind individuals and businesses around the world to capitalize on the power of creativity.

The purpose of the observance was to give us more time to actually spend on our goals and resolutions. To put more thought and effort into finding creative ways to re-energize ourselves and those around us, whether it be at work or at home with your family. – Out of Our Minds to Yours

For many cancer patients, Art therapy is an expressive therapy that has many benefits for a patient’s health. “As with most any therapy, art as therapy is generally used as a treatment for something – usually as a way to improve one’s emotional state or mental well-being… It can be used to relieve stress or tension, or it can be used as a mode of self-discovery.” – Art Therapy

Join Sand Lake Imaging in our effort to promote healthy lifestyles by sharing your story with us and tell us how you’ve used art therapy to reduce stress. Follow us on Facebook and answer our questions for your chance to win $100 donated to the charity of your choice.

Sand Lake Imaging Featured on Orlando News 6

 

Sand Lake Imaging and Shepard’s Hope have been featured on Channel 6 for the work they have been doing to provide Mammograms to people in need.

For the past five years, Shepherd’s Hope and Sand Lake Imaging have provided free mammograms to hundreds of uninsured or underinsured women in Central Florida.

“It’s so important not to forget about people who are having trouble, underinsured or not insured. Sand Lake Imaging gave 800 mammograms away last year.” – Dr. Lynda Frye, Sand Lake Imaging

This October was different, as the “Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” initiative kicked off weeks after Hurricane Maria left behind devastation for millions of residents of Puerto Rico, including some cancer patients who were in the middle of their treatment when disaster struck.

“And we’re seeing cancer patients who may have just had treatment, or surgical, and now they’re coming over, and while they may have had insurance coverage on the island, they’re not having it transfer here to the states because it’s a particular plan,” said Marni Stahlman, president and CEO of Shepherd’s Hope.

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Should I Worry About Breast Pain?

Breast pain is very common and is usually not because of breast cancer, especially without a lump.

It is not worrisome if the pain involves the whole breast. In one day, I may have 9 out of 10 patients complaining of breast pain. The cause is most often hormonal, usually worse before a period and improving after the onset of menses.  One of the biggest myths about breast health is that coffee will cause cysts, but caffeine and other stimulants such as coffee, tea, and chocolate may make breast pain worse.

Another cause of breast pain may be from an inflamed breast cyst, which can leak fluid into the breast and cause discomfort for about five days. This kind of pain typically resolves on its own.

Wearing a properly fitting bra is important for overall comfort. A well-fitting sports bra may be more comfortable and offer more support than an under-wire bra.

The important thing to remember if you have breast pain is – don’t panic. Generalized pain is quite common and not likely to be a problem. Focal pain without a lump is generally not concerning but if the pain persists, it is a good idea to have your physician check it out.

 

Bone & Joint Health National Action Week

Bone & Joint Health National Action Week is held annually, October 12-20.

This week focuses on disorders including arthritis, trauma, back pain, pediatric conditions, and osteoporosis. “Musculoskeletal disorders affect more than one out of every two persons in the country age 18 and over, and nearly three out of four age 65 and over”, according to The Burden of Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States.

Musculoskeletal disorders are the leading cause of physical disability in the country. They can lead to significant disability, a decline in productivity, and quality of everyday life. Between 2009 and 2011, treatment costs associated with musculoskeletal disorders in the U.S. was estimated at $874 billion. Unfortunately, research funding is less than 2% of the National Institutes of Health annual budget and declines each year despite the high costs for treatment.

There are five special days that fall during Action Week. The days are listed below with the testing that can be done to confirm a patient’s diagnosis.

The 2017 theme is Don’t Delay, Connect Today. Early diagnosis is so important. View inspirational events taking place worldwide to raise awareness, add your own event and share photos! To learn more, visit www.worldarthritisday.org.

Do you have questions or concerns? Call your local Sand Lake Imaging office today to make an appointment.