Preparing Yourself for Your Mammogram

Prepare for your first mammogram with our comprehensive guide from Garden Mammography Center. Learn about the procedure, what to expect, and why early detection is crucial for breast health.

Preparing Yourself for Your Mammogram

Welcome to the Garden Mammography Center, where your health and well-being are our top priorities. If you’re gearing up for your first mammogram, we understand that it can feel both exciting and a bit daunting. Rest assured, we’re here to guide you through every step of the process to ensure you feel comfortable and informed.

What is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is a specialized X-ray of the breast that helps detect early signs of breast cancer. It’s a crucial screening tool recommended for women starting around the age of 40, or earlier if there are specific risk factors or family history.

Why It's Important

Early detection is key in the successful treatment of breast cancer. A mammogram can detect changes in breast tissue long before physical symptoms may be noticeable, improving your chances of effective treatment and recovery.

Before Your Appointment

  • Schedule Wisely: Plan your mammogram for a time when your breasts are least likely to be tender. Ideally, this is one week after your menstrual period.
  • Come Prepared: Bring any prior mammogram images if you’ve had them done at another facility. This helps our radiologists compare and identify any changes in your breast tissue.
  • Dress Comfortably: Wear a two-piece outfit to ease undressing from the waist up for the procedure.

What to Expect During the Procedure

  • Warm Welcome: Upon arrival at Garden Mammography Center, our friendly staff will greet you and ensure you’re comfortable.
  • Privacy and Respect: You’ll be given a gown to wear during the mammogram. Our experienced technicians will guide you through the entire process, ensuring your comfort and privacy are respected at all times.
  • The Mammogram Itself: During the mammogram, each breast will be compressed between two plates briefly to capture images. This compression is necessary to get clear images and is usually uncomfortable but not painful.

After Your Mammogram

  • Results: You won’t receive results immediately; they will be reviewed by a radiologist. You’ll typically receive results within a week or two, either by mail or discussed during a follow-up appointment.
  • Routine Screening: Depending on your age and risk factors, your doctor will recommend how often you should have a mammogram. For most women, this is annually.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does a mammogram hurt?

A: While some discomfort may be felt during the compression, it should not be painful. If you experience significant pain, inform the technician immediately.

Q: Are there any risks?

A: Mammograms involve minimal radiation exposure, posing a very low risk. The benefits of early detection far outweigh the risks.

Q: Can I eat or drink before a mammogram?

A: Yes, you can eat and drink as usual before your appointment.


At Garden Mammography Center, we prioritize your comfort, safety, and health. Your first mammogram marks an important step in taking charge of your breast health. By knowing what to expect and preparing accordingly, you can approach this screening with confidence and peace of mind.

Schedule your mammogram today and let us support you in your journey towards optimal health and well-being. Together, we can ensure your breasts receive the care they deserve.

For more information or to schedule your appointment please call us or book an appointment online.

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