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May depend on doctor: A good position for a rectal exam is a one where the anus is accessible to the doctor's finger, and the doctor feels he is able to get a really good exam: lying on the side, bent over the examination table, or lying down with feet in stirrup (lithotomy position), etc... The position is not that important. What's important is that the dr. Is able to reach and feel everything he wants to examine. ...Read more
Rape exam: After a rape, evaluation involves interview, physical exam and tests. Hopefully, one receives all from a very sensitive person. The physical exam does involve a genital exam to evaluate for trauma. Usually, an internal exam is done and a long q-tip takes a sample from inside to assess for std exposure. Call your md or the er you will go to and ask questions to help you be more comfirtable. ...Read more
Two different things: A comprehensive eye evaluation should include a refraction, but it is not always essential. Refraction measures whether the eye is near- or farsighted, or has astigmatism. These conditions are not considered medical problems and correcting them alone does not rule out someone having other diseases in the eye. If a patient has a specific problem, refraction may be avoided altogether. ...Read more
Is a board certified and licensed optician qualified to perform a refractive eye exam for an eyeglass prescription using digital eye exam equipment?
Gyn exam: When I do an annual GYN exam I exam the head, eyes, ears, nose and throat. Neck is examined. Heart and lungs are examined. abdomen and extremities are examined. A breast exam is done. A pelvic exam is done with a Pap smear. Labs are ordered, other tests, immunizations etc are ordered as needed. Medications are filled and medical advice given and questions answered. ...Read more
First 2 annual gyno apt, doctor has not preformed a breast exam or rectal exam- only does pap & bimanual quickly. Is this something I should ask for?
Routine exam: Includes a rectal. Two positions: lying on side, bending over. With women it can be done as part of pelvic lying on back using fingers in vagina and rectum. A glove & lubricant are always used. The exam in men chcecks prostate as ewll as rectum, in women recto-vaginal septum. Stool on the glove is used to detect occult blood. A good exam should be thorough but not painful. ...Read more
Can incipient cataracts be diagnosed with a slit-lamp examination? Any additional tests required if slit lamp doesn't reveal anything?
Yes. No. : Diagnosis of a cataract, whether incipient or otherwise, is best done through a dilated pupil under slit lamp examination by a trained ophthalmologist. Additional testing may be performed to ascertain impact on vision, however nothing else is required to diagnose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer