Intermountain Healthcare is a Utah-based, not-for-profit system of 24 hospitals includes "virtual" hospital , a Medical Group with more than 2, physicians and advanced practice clinicians at about clinics, a health plans division called SelectHealth, and other health services. Helping people live the healthiest lives possible, Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in clinical quality improvement and efficient healthcare delivery. Which should I choose? A digital rectal exam is an examination of the lower rectum.
Jump to content. A digital finger rectal examination is done to check for problems with organs or other structures in the pelvis and lower belly. During the examination, the doctor gently puts a lubricated, gloved finger of one hand into the rectum. He or she may use the other hand to press on the lower belly or pelvic area. A digital rectal exam may be done for men as part of a complete physical examination to check the prostate gland. It is done for women as part of a gynecological examination to check the uterus and ovaries. Other organs, such as the bladder, can sometimes also be felt during a digital rectal exam.
A rectal exam is a screening test for both genders that helps to detect abnormalities in the rectum, anus, and prostate gland men only , such as cancer, infections and various injuries. To give a rectal exam, first lubricate your gloved finger with warm petroleum jelly to keep the anal canal relaxed. Then, with your patient on their side, assess their anus for abnormalities, such as hemorrhoids, warts, rashes, or fissures.
Rectal PR examinations are performed for a number of clinical reasons, such as altered bowel habit, rectal bleeding, or urinary symptoms. It is a skill surgeons perform on all patients and as such it is commonly examined as it is an important skill to know. For the purpose of examinations you will be provided with a mannequin, however you should pretend it is a real patient and talk to it as such as this forms part of the marking scheme.