Professional Reference articles are designed for health professionals to use. You may find one of our health articles more useful. NICE has issued rapid update guidelines in relation to many of these. This guidance is changing frequently. Rectal examination is an important part of the abdominal examination and genitourinary examination.
A NEW TYPE OF RECTAL SPECULUM FOR USE IN EXAMINING AND OPERATING
Rectal Examination. What is a rectal examination for? | Patient
The pelvic exam is a vital part of every woman's preventative care and is also important towards making a number of diagnoses when presenting with abdominal or pelvic complaints. Here we cover each aspect of the pelvic exam and demonstrate both in text and in our video how this done. The main equipment you will use is the speculum so it's important for you to understand the most commonly used types. These include the:. Example of a Grave's or Duckbill speculum which is a little wider, often used for prodecures.
Why a Rectovaginal Exam Is Performed
A speculum is a duck-bill-shaped device that doctors use to see inside a hollow part of your body and diagnose or treat disease. One common use of the speculum is for vaginal exams. Gynecologists use it to open the walls of the vagina and examine the vagina and cervix.
This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. A rectal speculum combining both a direct and a lateral view without removal and reinsertion of the speculum is of advantage both in examining the rectum and in operative work. The instrument I use is essentially a short, split, circular tube provided with an obturator and also with a hinge joint on its inferior surface; the handles controlling the sides are kept apart by a spring between them or in any intermediate position between "open" and "closed" by means of the automatic rachet-way between the handles.