Scientists at Stanford Medicine have created “precision health” toilets for disease detection intended to monitor users of various signs of disease. Precision toilets look for signs of disease through urine and feces analysis. Disease markers that can be detected intelligently by smart bullets include some for cancers, such as colorectal or urological cancer.
Stanford researchers say that this type of smart toilet will be very attractive to individuals who have a genetic predisposition to conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, prostate cancer, or kidney failure. The device will allow them to look after their health without many visits to the doctor.
The team said that this concept had been around for 15 years. One researcher noted that when he would put forward the idea, people would “sort of laugh,” noting that it was an interesting but rather strange idea. The smart toilet was part of a pilot study with 21 participants, and the study was completed. The tool used in this study is a normal toilet equipped with a gadget in a bowl.
The tools include a range of different technologies that use motion sensing to spread a mixture of tests that assess the health of each deposit. Urine samples undergo physical and molecular analysis, and stool assessment is based on physical characteristics. Data extracted from the toilet is automatically sent to a secure cloud-based system for safekeeping. The team said that in the future the system could be integrated into any health service provider registration system for easy access
The team said that smart toilets provide continuous health monitoring when everyone goes to the bathroom. This technology is an add-on that can be integrated into any standard porcelain bowl. The team described it as “a kind of like buying add-on bidets” added to the existing toilet. Among the tests provided by this technology are urodynamics, the course of urinalysis, consistent blood contamination, white blood cell count, protein content, and more. The toilet can measure ten different biomarkers.