Digital Rectal Examination (DRE)
How It Is Done
For a digital rectal exam, you will take off your clothes below the waist. You will be given a gown to wear.
- A man is often examined while he stands, bending forward at the waist. A man can also be examined while lying on his left side, with his knees bent toward his chest.
- A woman is often examined while lying on her back on an examination table, with her feet raised and supported by stirrups. A Reference rectovaginal exam Opens New Window is often done for women so that organs in the pelvic area can be checked. But a digital rectal exam also can be done with a woman lying on her left side, especially if a pelvic exam is not done at the same time.
Your doctor gently puts a lubricated, gloved finger into the rectum. He or she may use the other hand to press on the lower belly or pelvic area to feel for tenderness or problems, such as enlargement, hardness, or growths.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference September 26, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology