Disease Surveillance With Every Flush: Introducing the Smart Toilet

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Every bowel movement is rich in information about our digestive health. So, why do we literally flush all that data down the drain? At the 2021 virtual Digestive Disease Week, Duke University gastroenterologist Deborah Fisher, MD, and engineering professor Sonia Grego, PhD, showed that toilets enabled with artificial intelligence can analyze stool samples for signs of acute or chronic gastrointestinal disease, such as bleeding, infections or even inflammatory bowel disease.

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