Digital Rectal Examination (DRE)
Cystoscopy :: Digital Rectal Examination :: Pathology
PSA :: Radiology :: Urodynamics :: TRUS
A bladder is an organ that stores urine. Urethra is the tube that drains urine out through the penis. A prostate gland lies immediately beneath the bladder and completely surrounds the urethra. It also lies immediately in front of the rectum (back passage).
Age related enlargement is not a particular concern but if the gland feels abnormally firm or hard, it may sometimes be an indication of an abnormal growth in the prostate gland.
During a Digital Rectal Examination, your doctor inserts a gloved finger into the rectum to feel the condition of the prostate that lies close to the rectal wall. If your doctor feels something suspicious such as a lump or bump, further tests will be carried out.
Your doctor will discuss the test results with you. If he or she detects a suspicious lump or area during the exam, or if your PSA level is elevated, an ultrasound or biopsy may be recommended.
After the test, you may continue your normal activities.