PATRICK THE RECTAL EXAM ROBOT

Patrick The Rectal Exam Robot
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PATRICK THE RECTAL EXAM ROBOT



Written by Jack Blocker
22 Friday 22nd May 2015

Two? Three? FOUR fingers?

These are the questions aspiring proctologists may or may not ask when they are prepping for their first prostate exam. After centuries of unwelcome insertions, new technology is now eliminating those awkward moments when a fist and a wrist go where only a finger was supposed to.

Say hello to Patrick. Patrick is the name of a sort of sphincter flight simulator that lets trainee doctors know when enough is enough. Too many maids milking the prostate? Patrick will wail via the virtual reality patient whose back is to you on the screen.

Via Medical Daily:

Patrick serves a dual purpose: personal and professional. Personally, he comes equipped with software that enables him to interact emotionally with the student and voice any concerns he has about the procedure...The other purpose he serves is functional. Patrick is endowed with force sensors, which can alert the student when he or she is being too aggressive, and can report how thorough the student was in his or her examination.

What a time to be alive.

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