Sand Lake Imaging Wants You to Be Safe in the Sun!

July is UV Safety Awareness Month

The sun’s UV rays are strongest during the spring and summer, prime beach vacation time for Florida residents and visitors alike. Please be sun-aware by following some of our sun-safety guidelines below.

What can you do to decrease your risk of skin cancer from the UV rays exposure?

  • Stay in the shade if you’re going to be outside during the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. Seek shelter under an umbrella, tree, or other shady areas to avoid the sun’s harmful rays. Even on cloudy days, you can get a high level of UV exposure.
  • Avoid any type of reflective sunlight. Water, sand, snow, pavement and other reflective surfaces can intensify the UV exposure your skin is getting.
  • Protect your skin with clothing and headwear to cover your arms, legs, and head/neck. Some clothing is considered protective against UV rays. Check the labels of your clothing to be sure.
  • Wear sunglasses that block UV rays.
  • Always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect the skin not covered by clothing. Higher numbers indicate a higher amount of protection from UV rays.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 to protect your skin. Reapply your sunscreen after swimming and again after 2 hours of normal activities for maximum protection.
  • Avoid indoor tanning and tanning beds.

If you must get a bronze look, head for a local spray tan. It’s healthier for your skin and often comes with moisturizers to keep your skin looking young and vibrant.

Most skin cancers are a result of the exposure to UV rays from sunlight. Basal cell and squamous cell cancers are typically found on sun-exposed body parts. Melanoma, a more serious but less common type of skin cancer, is also related to sun exposure.

Ultraviolet rays can come from man-made sources as well. Some of these include welding torches, UV light therapy for skin problems such as psoriasis, black-light lamps, and tanning beds.

Some experts think that even 15 minutes of sun exposure can be harmful to your skin. While the sun provides many health benefits for your body through vitamin D, experts believe it is best to get your vitamin D through diet rather than sun exposure.

While Sand Lake Imaging doesn’t do skin cancer screenings, we feel it’s an important topic of discussion to have with your healthcare provider or dermatologist. Stay sun safe this summer!

Raising Awareness: Kids Get Arthritis Too

Sand Lake Imaging cares and wants to help raise awareness for the 300,000 children in America who have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.

Wear Blue and Push for a Cure

Today nearly 300,000 kids nationwide are affected by juvenile arthritis, which is why July has become Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis is generally considered a disease for the elderly, but kids get arthritis, too.  This July, you are able to raise awareness of how this disease affects a younger population while also pushing for a cure. When you wear blue and use the hashtags #CureArthritis and #KidsGetArthritis on social media, you are participating in the effort to spread the word and make a difference. You can also share your story and connect with others who are #StrongerThanJA.

Autoimmune forms of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, can be extremely aggressive in kids because their immune systems do not fully develop until they are eighteen. Often, the symptoms for juvenile arthritis (JA) are written off as flu symptoms or allergies, delaying a diagnosis. JA symptoms include joint stiffness/swelling/pain, fatigue, limping, persistent fever, eye pain, and blurred vision. Sometimes these diseases can be outgrown.

There are multiple categories a JA diagnosis can fall under, and they are juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA),  juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), and juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA). Read more on juvenile arthritis at publichealthmaps.org, kidshealth.org, and curearthritis.org.

If you are concerned that your child may have juvenile arthritis contact your physician and speak to them about your concerns. If they agree that an MRI is needed to take a look at their joint health, remember Sand Lake Imaging is Orlando’s Best MRI Imaging Center. We also provide much lower costs than hospitals, so if you need to repeat scans to track the progression, Sand Lake Imaging is the best fit for you! We are here to help you, so if you have any questions or concerns please call us at either of our offices: (352) 753-2660 & (407) 363-2772. We also want to make your appointment as hassle-free and easy as possible, so you can streamline your visit online today.

Prioritize Men’s Health this June

Visit the Men’s Health Month website and wear blue to celebrate men’s health this June.

Wear Blue Friday

The Men’s Health Network encourages people to wear blue the Friday before Father’s Day in order to raise awareness for men’s health. About 40% of men only go to the doctor when they have serious health concerns. When you wear blue on Friday, you can raise awareness to men’s preventable health problems! Wear Blue Friday is just one part of Men’s Health Month which first began in June of 1992. You can visit the Men’s Health Month website to find out how you can plan or participate in upcoming health fairs, media appearances, screenings, and other health education events throughout the month. It is important to understand your health and to continue getting regular care.

Best Ways to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Eat Healthy and Exercise

Maintaining a healthy weight is super important in preventing heart disease as well as various forms of cancer and stroke. Any form of exercise counts, so try to stay active whether it is a pick up basketball game or a walk around the neighborhood. Remember that a healthy weight is different for everyone. Use this chart to find a healthy weight range and speak to your physician about finding your goal weight.

Eating healthy is the other half of the pie. Choosing a balanced diet of lean meats, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy options can also greatly improve your health.

Don’t Smoke and Limit Drinking

Be careful about what you are putting into your body. Use of tobacco and excessive use of alcohol greatly increase your odds of developing cancer. A BMC Public Health Study followed a group of non-smokers that drank one bottle of wine a week. They found that the weekly bottle of wine was associated with a 1% increase in lifetime cancer risk in men. To better communicate this data, they equated drinking a bottle of wine to smoking cigarettes. According to the study, the cancer risk of five cigarettes is equivalent to one bottle of wine for men.

Improve Stress Management

Constant stress weakens your immune system, leaving you vulnerable to colds and the flu. Some of the best ways to relax are to get active, laugh, see family, and listen to music.

Take care of your own health today. Schedule a check-up to talk to your doctor. If you need any radiological screenings choose Sand Lake Imaging. We are far more than a Women’s Imaging Center. We provide many more kinds of Diagnostic Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, and Interventional Radiology for men and women alike. Our variety of heart scans including Heart/Chest MRIs, Coronary Calcium Scorings, CT Angiographies, Cardiac PET Scans, and Ultrasounds of the Carotid. It is super easy to schedule an appointment with us.

You can streamline your visit online or call us at (407) 363-2772 or (352) 753-2660.

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!