Autism Awareness Month

Understanding Autism  

This past April we recognized Autism Awareness Month. It was first established in 1970 by the Autism Society. Their goal is to bring awareness to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by getting better support, promoting acceptance, and ensuring inclusion.

Nearly 1 in 59 children in the United States have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. ASD is a neuro-developmental condition that affects how people communicate with others. As a spectrum condition, autism affects each individual in a variety of ways and degrees of severity. Typically, a person with autism struggles to understand social cues, which makes it hard for them to engage with others. This can appear as poor eye contact, compulsive behavior, repetitive actions, and keen interest in a specific topic. Treatments usually include speech and occupational therapy, and the best way to lessen severity is through early intervention. Often, an early diagnosis on the spectrum can enable better educational support in schools and treatment programs that account for each person’s specific needs.

How can I get Involved?

  • Look for local activities to support awareness
    • Often movie theaters provide sensory sensitive movie screenings, and you can find different walks in cities near you.
  • Share new ideas on how to create a more inclusive environment
    • Make an impact at a business or school near you!
  • Tell your stories and experiences
    • There are plenty of support groups online and on social media. Maybe you can help someone going through a similar experience, or they can help you.

Stay up to date with our Sand Lake Imaging community by liking our Facebook page today!

National Athletic Training Month

Recognizing Athletic Trainers

Celebrate National Athletic Training Month this March with us at Sand Lake Imaging. From baseline concussion testing to identification, athletic trainers play a large role in our sons and daughters’ safety while playing the sport they love. Furthermore, we would like to thank athletic trainers for their hard work and positive impact on the world of sports.

Concussions and Symptoms

In the past couple of years, there has been a large push in the athletic community to discover more about concussions. This all begins with awareness. Often, young athletes do not report a head injury to a coach or parent in order to avoid losing play-time. In other cases, they may not even recall or recognize the event.

Symptoms include:

  • Amnesia (typically involving the memory of the injury)
  • General confusion/ appearing dazed
  • Headache
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness/ loss of balance
  • Ringing of the ears
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Delayed reaction time and response
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Sleep disturbances

Schedule Your Scan

If your doctor recommends a brain imaging test, we provide various kinds from providing a head CT scan or an MRI of the brain.  MRI imaging is a process that does not involve radiation, while CT scans use a small dose of x-ray beams. We provide Orlando’s best MRI scans and they only take 10-15 minutes. Likewise, our CT scans are quick, taking 5-10 minutes. MRI scans are accomplished in revealing abnormal tissue in the body. Whereas, CT scans show the tissues, blood vessels, and bones in the frame.

Once your doctor has decided which scan is the best fit for you, streamline your visit to Sand Lake Imaging here.

Happy Holidays from the Sand Lake Imaging Team

Sand Lake Imaging team members from both of our Orlando facilities had some fun dressing up for National Ugly Sweater Day!

Our Sand Lake Imaging facilities will be closed the following days, so our team can celebrate the holidays with their friends and family.

  • Christmas Eve (12/24) – Close 5:00 pm
  • Christmas Day (12/25) – Closed
  • New Year’s Eve (12/31) – Close 5:00 pm
  • New Year’s Day (1/1) – Closed

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

An x-ray of an arthritic hand

Juvenile Arthritis is an autoimmune disease found among people under the age of 16, and is one of the most common chronic illnesses among that age group.

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, established to increase awareness of the early signs and symptoms of juvenile arthritis.

If you notice your child showing any of the following symptoms, please contact your doctor.

  • Pain or stiffness in joints, especially right after s/he has woken up
  • Swelling around the affected area
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Rashes
  • Weight Loss
  • Eye Problems

Also known as childhood arthritis, the disease requires extensive blood work, urine tests, and various types of imaging (x-rays being the most popular choice) in order to accurately diagnose the condition. In most cases, the condition is caused by the body attacking its own cells in the joints, making the joint become inflamed and stiff. Treatments include medications, physical therapy, and in severe cases surgery.

Where you get your scans is your choice! See our Diagnostic Imaging Services here.

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s and other Brain Diseases are serious and can affect people of all ages.

Did you know that Alzheimer’s kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined?

Having memory issues is not in and of itself a sign of Alzheimer’s or dementia, and could be caused by numerous things like depression, drug interactions, and certain vitamin deficiencies. All of which are treatable.

Know the early signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia! See the list below, or watch the video to see what to look for.

  1. Memory Loss that Affects Daily Life
  2. Challenges in Planning or Solving Problems
  3. Difficulty Performing Routine Tasks at Home, Work, or Leisure
  4. Confusion with Time or Place
  5. Trouble Understanding Visual Images and Spatial Relationships
  6. New Problems with Words in Speaking or Writing
  7. Misplacing Things and Losing the Ability to Retrace Steps
  8. Decreased or Poor Judgement
  9. Withdrawal from Work or Social Activites
  10. Changes in Mood and Personality

Knowing the signs can help get a diagnosis early, and tests such as brain imaging and blood work are used to confirm a diagnosis. An early diagnosis is important, as patients have a better chance of responding to and benefitting from treatment. Patients who have brain diseases diagnosed early can also have more time to plan for the future, more opportunity to participate in decisions regarding their care, and increased chances of getting into clinical drug trials to help advance research.

At Sand Lake Imaging, we use top-of-the-line PET and CT Scan machines to provide the clearest images of the brain, which is imperative when diagnosing brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. See all of Sand Lake Imaging’s Diagnostic Procedures here.

Watch this helpful video from the Alzheimer’s Association to see what to look for.

Bonus: National Library Lovers Month!

February is also National Library Lovers Month!

The first free public library in the United States was in Peterborough, New Hampshire in 1833. Since then libraries have sprung up in towns and cities all over the country, becoming a staple of many of those communities. In the 2009 economic downturn, many libraries had budget shortfalls and many nearly closed.

Libraries are excellent sources of services that are not available online, like assistance in looking for obscure information or borrowing a book that is not available online. Local organizations use libraries for meetings, and many of them have community youth programs. They are an invaluable resource for the communities they are a part of, visit your local library today!

 

National Hot Breakfast Month

February is National Hot Breakfast month!

This month was designated such to encourage us to take a little more time in the morning to make a hot breakfast, rather than just grabbing a bowl of cereal or a cold bagel.

Studies suggest that having a hot breakfast in the morning helps improve focus throughout the morning. Children also seem to do a better job of absorbing information at school when they’ve had a hot breakfast.

The Mayo Clinic says that a healthy breakfast consists of whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and fruits and vegetables. They suggest using at least three or four of those food groups to create a healthy breakfast that will keep you full all morning!

Sand Lake Imaging Girls’ Night Out

girls-night-outThe team at Sand Lake Imaging is offering a new alternative to an ordinary mammogram: Girls’ Night Out!

Enjoy complimentary wine and cheese and education about women’s health issues while getting the best mammogram available!

Our Genius 3D Tomosynthesis offers clearer images to ensure the most accurate results, and it’s only available at Sand Lake Imaging. Genius 3D Tomosynthesis detects breast cancer at a 40% higher rate than traditional 2D imagery. You deserve the best technology and expertise. Come with a friend or make some new ones!

Sign up is easy!

  1. Ask your doctor for your annual Mammogram Screening order
  2. Choose a date that works for you: January 23, February 6 & 20, or March 6 & 20.
  3. Contact us to set up your appointment

But hurry, spaces are limited! For More Information, see our flyer here.

We hope to see you on our Girls’ Night Out!

2016 Pink October Promotion A Success!

For the fourth year in a row, Sand Lake Imaging partnered with Shepherd’s Hope, a volunteer health care center, to provide mammograms for women in need through the “Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” initiative.

Throughout the month of October, any new patients who scheduled a screening mammogram at any of our locations were eligible for the “Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” promotion. The promotion was applicable to any new patient mammogram appointment through the end of 2016, as long as it was scheduled in October.

In addition to the promotion, we also received donations from many vendors to create raffle baskets to help promote the Pink October initiative. Any women’s specialty services patients were eligible to enter at all three of our locations during the length of the promotion. Click through the gallery below to see our lucky raffle winners!

We are so happy to share that the final count of our Pink October 2016 Get a Mammogram- Give a Mammogram amounted to an astounding total of 802 new patients that came to Sand Lake Imaging for their screening mammograms!  All of us at Sand Lake Imaging are delighted to continue to give back to our community by donating a total of 802 screening mammograms to Shepherd’s Hope patients in 2017!

We would like to thank all of our vendors and new patients for helping us make this Pink October a resounding success!

  • Learn more about our Women’s Imaging Services here.
  • Learn more about Shepherd’s Hope here.

Sand Lake Imaging Christmas Party A Smash Hit!

On Saturday, December 3rd, Sand Lake Imaging invited members of its dedicated staff to the Vodou Lounge at the Mango Tropical Club in Orlando, FL.

In recognition of their hard work all year long, employees and one guest were treated to complimentary beverages and a dinner buffet, as well as some exciting raffle baskets. There was also a Secret Santa gift exchange, and a DJ spinning holiday tunes and dance music during the event.

Sand Lake Imaging owners/radiologists Dr. Stephen Bravo and Dr. Robert Posniak both gave speeches to the 135 attendees, thanking them for their work and wishing them a happy holiday season.

The party lasted from 6:00-9:30, with guests being free to enjoy the rest of their evening at the Mango Tropical Club, which provided entertainment and dancing until 2 a.m. A great time was had by all!

Happy Holidays from Sand Lake Imaging!