Digital Exam

B is reading the Berkeley’s Wellness Letter. I am reading over his shoulder. In the Ask the Experts section, there’s a question should men get a digital rectal exam to check for prostate cancer. I keep on reading, hoping to learn about what’s happening on the forefront of science in that area.

About a paragraph down, I come across a phrase “The test involves a doctor of other health care provider inserting a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to feel for bumps…”

I ask, “So if they’re using the finger, where’s the digital part then?”

B says, “A finger is a digit.”


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