Robotic Rectum for Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Training Developed

Robotic Rectum for Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Training Developed
A robotic rectum, developed by scientists at Imperial College London, has been designed to help doctors and nurses train to perform digital rectum exams for prostate detection, and to practice performing the screening without live volunteer subjects. Its the cancer screening test men usually dread most, described by the American Cancer Society as when the clinician inserts a lubricated finger into the rectum to feel for bumps or hard areas on the prostate that could be cancer. The prostate is located just inside the anus in front of the rectum and can be felt through the rectal wall. Prostate cancers often begin in the back part of the gland where they might be detected by the doctor or nurse during a rectal exam. The exam is usually the first test to detect rectal problems and to determine if a patient needs further tests. While DREs involve varying degrees of discomfort, they are usually not painful and take only a short time. DREACSGraphic courtesy The American Cancer Society However, doctors and nurses need training in DRE procedure and technique, and volunteers are unlikely to line up to be practice subjects. Some associated issues are discussed in the research article "Digital rectal examin
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