Digital Rectal Exam (DRE)

A dig­i­tal rec­tal exam (DRE) is a sim­ple, quick pro­ce­dure in which a health­care provider inserts a lubri­cat­ed, gloved fin­ger into the anus to check for abnor­mal­i­ties in the rec­tum, prostate and pelvic area. A DRE is typ­i­cal­ly done as part of a rou­tine phys­i­cal exam­i­na­tion. If abnor­mal­i­ties are found, your provider will talk through next steps with you.