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Our Women’s Imaging team is dedicated to meeting your needs and exceeding your expectations.

Having served Central Florida for over 10 years, we have made it our mission to reach out to the women of our community. Our Board Certified radiologists look forward to assisting you with your imaging needs in a timely, cost-effective manner.

“I recently took my mom there as she has been having some health issues. I was so touched at the kindness the staff showed her. She was very scared, they held her hand and patiently explained all the tests to her. I will forever be grateful.”

-Christi H.

Breast Care

 

How to Check your Breasts for Lumps – Video

Download The Self Breast Exam Guide (PDF)
from Susan G. Komen


Breast cancer is a frightening disease. Early detection of breast cancer greatly improves the chances for successful treatment.

When breast cancer is detected before it has reached 1 cm in diameter and has not spread to lymph nodes or to other parts of the body, the 5-year survival rate is greatly increased.

Methods for early detection of breast cancer include clinical examinations by a healthcare professional and mammography. At Sand Lake Imaging, we provide the highest quality digital imaging for various breast-specific procedures.

Questions? Concerns? Contact our Breast Care Coordinator in Orlando at (407) 363-2772 ext. 1189 and in Lady Lake at (352) 753-2660 ext. 1189

Click the drop-down menus below to find more info about our Breast Care Services.

Breast Biopsy
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The Hologic Selenia is used in a stereotactic breast biopsy

A breast biopsy is performed to remove cells from a suspicious area in the breast and examine them to determine a diagnosis.

Stereotactic breast biopsy is an x-ray procedure that uses multiple coordinates to precisely determine the location of a tumor or nodule so that a tissue sample may be obtained.

In MRI-guided breast biopsy, magnetic resonance imaging is used to help guide the radiologist’s instruments to the site of the abnormal growth.

An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy uses sonic pulses to create images, rather than relying on low-dose radiation (as in a stereotactic biopsy) to do the same.

Image-guided needle biopsy is not designed to remove the entire lesion, but most of a very small lesion may be removed in the process of biopsy. Image-guided biopsy is performed when the abnormal area in the breast is too small to be felt, making it difficult to locate the lesion by hand (called palpation). With the help of some kind of imaging, your doctor will be better able to locate the lesion, thus ensuring the accuracy of the test.

Breast MRI
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Cross-sectional MRI view of the breasts

Breast MRI uses Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to look specifically at the breast.

It is a non-invasive procedure that doctors can use to determine what the inside of the breast looks like without having to do surgery or flatten the breast (as in a mammogram).

Each exam produces hundreds of images of the breast, cross-sectional in all three directions (side-to-side, top-to-bottom, front-to-back), which are then read by a radiologist. No radiation is involved, and the technique is believed to have no health hazards in general.

The hope is that such non-invasive studies will contribute to our progress in learning how to predict the behavior of tumors and in selecting proper treatments. Breast MRI is an evolving technology and should not replace standard screening and diagnostic procedures (clinical and self exams, mammogram, fine needle aspiration or biopsy). This procedure can be helpful for getting a second opinion, or another look at the breast.

Digital Mammography

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

These digital mammography systems create clearer, more accurate images than an x-ray mammography.

Our top-of-the-line Hologic Selenia Dimensions Tomographic Mammography systems allow for sharp, detailed images with superior resolution, reduced exposure, and less compression time. The fully automatic, self-adjusting, self-releasing tilt compression paddle conforms to the natural contour of the breast, making positioning easier and offering incomparable patient comfort.

Unlike other parts of the body, the breast is composed mainly of soft tissue. When breast tissue is x-rayed, it creates an image that looks something like a smoky haze, making it difficult to see tiny “spots,” called microcalcifications, and other subtle signs of early cancer.

Digital Mammogram (Left) vs. X-ray Mammogram (Right)

With digital tomosynthesis, the radiologist reviews electronic images of the breast using special high-resolution monitors. The physician can adjust the brightness, change contrast, and zoom in for close-ups of specific areas of interest. Being able to manipulate images is one of the main benefits of digital technology. Another convenience of digital mammography over film-based systems is it can greatly reduce the need for retakes due to over or under-exposure. This potentially saves additional time and reduces exposure to x-rays.

Because they are electronic, digital mammography images can be transmitted quickly across a network. Digital images can also be easily stored and copied without any loss of information, and transmitted in a more streamlined manner, eliminating dependence on only one set of “original” films. It is also more cost effective because there are no films to develop since the images are rendered digitally.

 

 

 

Pregnancy Screening


We are here to help get you the most accurate images of your little one.

Our commitment to comprehensive patient care is why we offer Philips and Siemens ultrasound machines, as these provide advanced integrated technology. Your prenatal screening will be done with the most accurate multi-dimensional reconstructions in the area. We take great pride in being able to give you the best prenatal images.

Click the drop-down menus below to find more info about our Pregnancy Screening Services.

Nuchal Translucency Screening Test
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Siemens ACUSON S2000 Ultrasound

This prenatal test can help your healthcare practitioner assess your baby’s health.

The NT test uses ultrasound to measure the clear (translucent) space in the tissue at the back of your developing baby’s neck.

The NT scan must be done when you’re between 11 and 14 weeks pregnant. The last day you can have it done is the day you turn 13 weeks and 6 days pregnant. It’s usually offered along with a blood test in what’s known as first-trimester combined screening.

Like other screening tests, an NT scan won’t give you a diagnosis. But it can assess your baby’s risk for certain problems and help you decide whether you want to have chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis to find out whether your baby is actually affected.

 

Ultrasound
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An ultrasound display

Ultrasound imaging involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body.

Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays). Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.

Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Vascular ultrasound provides pictures of the body’s veins and arteries. Prenatal ultrasound provides pictures of a developing fetus. A Doppler ultrasound study may be part of a vascular ultrasound examination. Because of its many uses, an ultrasound is a handy, noninvasive diagnostic tool for doctors to use.

 

Bone Density Screening

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As women age, the chances of osteoporosis (loss of bone mass) increase dramatically.

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, 1 in 3 women over the age of 50 will experience a fracture due to osteoporosis. Sand Lake Imaging uses the highest quality technology in order to aid your doctor in diagnosing and treating the issues caused by loss of bone density.

Click the drop-down menus below to find more info about our Bone Density Testing.

Bone Density Test
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An example of the DEXA bone densitometry readout

A DEXA bone densitometry test is used to aid in the diagnosis of osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss.

It is also a very useful tool for evaluating the effects that treatment has had on those conditions.

Just as in a common x-ray, a bone density scan is a painless medical test that physicians use for the diagnosis and treatment of various conditions, such as osteoporosis. The test involves exposing the part of the body being examined to a small amount of ionizing radiation to form pictures of the body. Two beams are fired into the body, one measuring soft tissue and the other measuring bone. The difference between the two readings determines bone density.

 

 

 

 

Heart and Vascular Health

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Women are just as susceptible to heart and vascular problems as men are, although it affects women differently than men.

According to the CDC, heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in the United States. Here at Sand Lake Imaging we provide many different tests to help diagnose various issues of the vascular system, including the heart.

Click the drop-down menus below to find more info about our Heart and Vascular Services.

Coronary Calcium Scoring
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Siemens Biograph TruePoint PET/CT machine

A cardiac CT scan for coronary calcium is a non-invasive way of obtaining information about the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries.

Plaque is a build-up of fat and other substances, including calcium, which can, over time, narrow the arteries or even close off blood flow to the heart. The result may be painful angina in the chest or a heart attack.

Because calcium is a marker of coronary artery disease, the amount of calcium detected on a cardiac CT scan is a helpful screening tool. The findings on cardiac CT are expressed as a calcium score and can help present an overall picture of your heart health.

CT Angiography
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A CT cross-section of the heart

Coronary artery CT Angiography (CTA) is a special type of x-ray examination used to visualize blood flow in the vessels of the heart.

Patients who have this test will have a small intravenous catheter placed in their arm and will receive an iodine-containing contrast dye to help ensure the best images possible of the coronary arteries. The same I.V. may be used to give a safe medication (commonly used by patients with high blood pressure and heart disease) to slow or stabilize the heart rate for better imaging results.

During the examination, which takes about 10 minutes, X-rays pass through the body and are picked up by special detectors which give the final images. Typically, the higher the number of detectors, the better the image. For this reason, this technique is often called “multi-detector” or “multi-slice” CT scanning.

Sand Lake Imaging has a 64-slice multidetector CT, the highest number of detectors available for clinical imaging.

Vascular Ultrasound
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One of our dedicated technicians with an ultrasound machine

The Ultrasound machine can be used for many different purposes, such as detecting various heart and vascular issues.

Venous ultrasound helps determine the cause of long-standing leg swelling. Sonography can help locate the exact site of the troublesome vein and avoid complications such as bleeding. In people with a common condition called varicose veins, the valves that keep blood flowing back to the heart in the right direction may be damaged, and venous ultrasound can help the radiologist decide how best to deal with this condition and aid in the placement of a needle or catheter into a vein.

The Arterial Doppler study is able to demonstrate blocked or reduced blood flow through the major arteries of the arms and legs. This procedure uses sound waves to produce images on a monitor for the purpose of evaluating the arterial blood flow to the upper extremities (arms) and lower extremities (legs). As well as the vessels supplying the visceral/abdominal organs.

Carotid Doppler Ultrasound is a non-invasive test that uses sound waves to measure the flow of blood through the large carotid arteries that supply blood to the brain. These arteries can narrow due to arteriosclerosis or other causes and this can lead to TIA (mini-stroke) or CVA (stroke).