The smart toilet will soon analyze stool for health issues with the aid of AI


An artificial intelligence technology in development at Duke University may be applied to a standard toilet to assist analyze patients’ excrement and give gastroenterologists the knowledge they need to deliver the optimal treatment, according to research selected for presentation at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2021.

According to a recent Stanford research, a disease-detecting “precision health” toilet may detect several symptoms of sickness through automated urine and stool examination. Any data retrieved from any sample is immediately sent to a secure, cloud-based system for storage by the smart toilet.

An intelligent toilet (also known as a modern-day bidet) is a bathroom plumbing fixture or a form of electronic bidet toilet that combines conventional bidet washing (for genital, buttocks, and anus cleanliness) with current SMART home technology.

Fractious gut conditions and incendiary gut illnesses are two constant gastrointestinal problems that possibly advantage from front-line advancements.

“Patients typically can’t recall what their feces looks like or how often they have a bowel movement, which is part of the routine monitoring process,” according to Duke University researcher Deborah Fisher.

The technique may be improved within the tubes of an existing toilet. After a person has a bowel movement and flushes, the toilet will capture a photograph of the stool within the pipes.

The data obtained over time will aid a gastroenterologist in recognizing a patient’s stool type (loose, regular, or constipated) and the presence of blood, allowing them to identify the patient and give necessary treatments.

Researchers studied 3,328 distinct stool photos collected online or provided by research participants to develop the artificial intelligence image processing algorithm for the Smart Toilet. The Bristol Feces Scale, a recognized clinical approach for classifying stool, was used to evaluate and interpret all of the pictures.

Although the prototype looks to be practical, it is not yet available to the general public. Stool specimen sampling for biochemical marker analysis is one of the new features being developed for the technology, which will deliver highly accurate illness data to fulfill the demands of patients and gastroenterologists.

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