New York – Researchers are developing a new technology that could assist in managing chronic gastrointestinal issues such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The study appeared in Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2021. Researcher Deborah Fisher from Duke University in the US, said: “Patients often can’t remember what their stool looks like or how often they have a bowel movement, which is part of the standard monitoring process. The Smart Toilet technology will allow us to gather the long-term information needed to make a more accurate and timely diagnosis of chronic gastrointestinal problems.” When a person shows bowel movement and flushes, the toilet will take an image of the stool within the pipes. The data collected will provide a gastroenterologist a better understanding of a patient’s stool form over a period of time. To develop the artificial intelligence image analysis tool for the Smart Toilet, researchers analysed 3,328 unique stool images found online. Images reviewed by gastroenterologists according to the Bristol Stool Scale, had a common clinical tool for classifying stool.