06 Jun, 2021 04:15 am

AI 'Smart Potty' Monitors Bowel Health For Gastro Issues

AI 'Smart Potty' Monitors Bowel Health For Gastro Issues
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Sonia Grego is working on the 'smart toilet' that takes stool images and sends them directly to a doctor for review."We are optimistic about patient willingness to use this technology because it's something that can be installed in their toilet's pipes and doesn't require the patient to do anything other than flush," said Sonia Grego, PhD, founding director of the Duke Smart Toilet Lab and a lead researcher on the study." The prototype smart toilet is promising but has yet to be commercialized as it must undergo more testing.To develop the artificial intelligence image analysis device, researchers had to train a deep learning algorithm with 3,328 unique stool images and accurately classify anomalies in the stool that would suggest a patient is experiencing gastrointestinal problems.

According to Duke Today, researchers at Duke announced an artificial intelligence tool that could easily be mounted on a standard toilet to analyze patients' stools and give gastroenterologists suggestions about bowel health.If Duke researchers ever get to the commercialization stage, these smart toilets will likely be installed at long-term care facilities and hospitals.

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