Digital Rectal Examination

Digital Rectal Examination

Digital Rectal Examination

Digital rectal exam

A digital (finger) rectal examination checks for problems in organs or other structures in the pelvis and lower abdomen. During a digital rectal examination, your doctor puts a lubricated, gloved finger of one hand into the rectum and may use the other hand to press on the lower abdomen or pelvic area.

Current as of: August 21, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff

E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

Jimmy Ruiz, MD - Medical Oncology, Hematology