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.

World Alzheimer’s Day

A day to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s and end the stigma that surrounds dementia, September 21 has been World Alzheimer’s Day since 2012.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disorder that causes brain cells to degenerate and die and is the most common cause of dementia. Alzheimer’s causes a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. Because early detection matters, it is important to be checked out by your physician if you notice any of these signs.

  1. Memory loss that disrupts your daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or problem-solving
  3. Completing familiar tasks becomes difficult
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding spatial relationships and visual images
  6. New problems with speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace your steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from social activities or work
  10. Changes in mood and personality

With early detection, relief of symptoms may be provided by treatments that can help you maintain your independence longer. Some ways to diagnose Alzheimer’s are through PET Scans and Brain MRIs.

Sand Lake Imaging is involved in research and several studies on Alzheimer’s and dementia. We believe that through awareness and research we can help change the lives of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are diagnosed each year.

For more information on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, please click below.



Save a Life this January!

Blood Transfusions: A Brief Timeline

  • 1818: James Blundell performed the first successful human blood transfusion.
  • 1907: Safety was improved by cross-matching and blood typing.
  • 1940: The United States began a national blood collection program. The Red Cross enacted a blood donor program for the military in World War II.
  • 1948: The Red Cross established the first national blood donation center for civilians, and it grew to include 1,577 centers in the following year.
  • 1957: The American Association of Blood Banks formed the Inspection and Accreditation Committee to establish the standards of blood banking.
  • 1970: Blood banks in the United States became a volunteer-based donation system. To encourage regular or first-time donation, President Richard Nixon declared January as National Blood Donor Month.


Why Donate?

Every two seconds someone needs blood in the United States. Often, these people are accident victims, organ recipients, or cancer patients. Only 10% of eligible people annually give blood. A single donation can help multiple patients, but sometimes a patient can require up to 100 pints of blood. As blood must be used within 42 days of donation, it is often in short supply. You can help meet the high demand by donating every three to four months. Universal blood types are often in high demand and short supply. In the United States, 7% of people are Type O negative and 3% have Type AB positive. Type O negative is the universal red cell blood type; type AB positive is the universal plasma blood type.

4 Easy Steps for Donation

  1. Register and make an appointment by visiting here
    • You can also download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
  2. Blood donation has become a simple hour and fifteen-minute long process upon arrival
    • Use a drivers license or blood donor card as identification at check-in.
    • You will have to give some medical history and pass a mini-physical. Donors younger than 18 will have to meet additional height and weight requirements.
    • You can now save time at future donations with the RapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online. This must be done prior to arrival on the day of your donation. Click here to get started
  3. Now you are ready to donate. This will take less than twelve minutes. A new sterile needle is used for each donor then disposed of afterward.
  4. You did it! Enjoy some food and refreshments.

Save a life and find a blood drive near you this January by clicking here!  

International Day of Families

Founded by the United Nations in 1994, International day of Families was created to celebrate the importance of both traditional and non-traditional families. Chosen to be celebrated every year on May 15th, this day also celebrates different cultures and societies around the world. International day of Families was created to inspire a world focused on unity.

Each year a different theme is chosen with a new focus with this year’s focus on “families and inclusive societies.”

“The international panel discussion will focus on the importance of ensuring equal justice to all family members, especially women. It will also address the efforts at universal birth registration and legal identity for all, especially targeting vulnerable families” (United Nations).

International Day of Families has many key focal points, from ensuring education to families around the world, helping create inclusive environments, and even to ensure the health and nutrition of your very own family.

A Few Family Friendly Activities

  • Go on a Hike or to a local park to enjoy the season with your family
  • Volunteer at a local charity or organization
  • Create a healthy and nutritious family meal together
  • Plant a family garden to teach your kids how to create, nurture, and sustain life

From the Sand Lake Imaging community family to you, we are wishing you all a happy International Day of Families. #SLICares

January is National Bath Safety Month

Bathroom safety can be beautiful and functional, too.

One of the most common places seniors have accidents is in the bathroom, and the month of January was declared National Bath Safety Month to bring attention to and help prevent these accidents from happening.

Most of the time, the bathroom is overlooked as a cause for concern, but many of these types of accidents can be avoided if the right precautions are taken. Below are some tips to keep bathtime safe!

  • Install non-slip strips or mats in the bottom of your bathtub
  • Have reachable safety handles for climbing in and out of the tub or shower, and by the toilet as well
  • Keep a non-slip rug or mat on the floor at the entry/exit of the shower
  • Unless they have non-slip backing, keep fluffy rugs out of walkways
  • Make sure your bathroom floor stays clean and free of spills
  • Keep a portable phone in your bathroom in case of emergencies

Your friends at Sand Lake Imaging wish you a safe January!


Heart Attack Symptoms Are Different for Women

February is National Heart Disease Prevention Month. Know the signs of a heart attack.

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the “movie heart attack,” where no one doubts what’s happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help.

women can experience a heart attack without chest pressure

Heart Attack Signs in Women

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  • As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.