What is a digital prostate exam?

DRE. This is a fingertip exam of the prostate with a gloved finger by a physician.
Prostate exam. This is a prostate examination to check the prostate. It is performed by placing into the rectum and feeling the entire prostate gland. The prostate is checked for any irregularities such as firmness, nodules, tenderness, etc. As these may be related to various clinical conditions including prostate cancer.