Something new came up in the Digestive Disease week. The Duke University is under the making of an artificial intelligence tool which can be added or installed to the standard toilets to analyze a patients’ stool and will be able to give vital information regarding Gastroenterology which can be proven very effective as well as useful to determine the exact treatment of a patient.
Smart Toilets Can Give Information Of Stool For Health Issues
This presentation was selected in the Digestive Disease week of 2021. The new device can be very useful in determining gastrointestinal problems such as the IBS or known as irritable bowel syndrome or the IBD or inflammatory bowel disease.
Dr. Deborah Fisher who is one of the lead authors and the associate professor at the Duke University at North Carolina said that in general cases gastroenterologists have to be dependent on the information the patients given to them.
The doctors need to get more accurate and precise information. But the information given to the patients may not give the exact idea of the issues and doctors often don’t rely on them. The patients often forget how their stool looked like and how often they have the movement of the bowel. These all questions are the standard questions that need to be answered precisely in front of the doctors.
In most cases, the information is blurred which makes it difficult for the doctors to suggest a treatment. The smart device which will be installed can record the exact information that a doctor requires in order to proceed with the exact treatment of chronic gastrointestinal problems.
The technology can be fitted to the pipes in the toilet. As the person has a bowel movement and the person flushes the device gets the image of the stool. A collection of data gathered over a period of time will help the doctors to get a clear picture of the problems and suggest an effective treatment. To develop the intelligence in the device the researchers collected the data of 3328 stool images which were available online or also provided by the participants.
All the images were deeply analyzed and confirmed by the specialists according to the scales called Bristal, which is a common clinical tool. Using these images and the analysis of the data they were able to develop an algorithm that is known to have the percentage of 85.1 accurate results.
Dr. Sonia who is a lead researcher in the study and the finding of the Duke University toilet lab said that she is very optimistic and excited to see the advancements in the research and the development of the device.
The patients have nothing extra work to do other than flushing. Once it is installed the patients just need to do their daily chores and the device will automatically capture the vital information needed to study to provide quality treatment.
She added that it can be very useful for the patients dealing with the problems for a long period to improve the diagnosis and the treatment procedures.