The smart toilet automatically sends data extracted from any sample to a secure, cloud-based system for safekeeping. (Credit: James Strommer)

A smart toilet is fitted with technology that can detect a range of disease markers in stool and urine, including those of some cancers, such as colorectal or urologic cancers. The device could be particularly appealing to individuals who are genetically predisposed to certain conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, prostate cancer, or kidney failure.

An ordinary toilet is outfitted with gadgets inside the bowl. A suite of different technologies use motion sensing to deploy a mixture of tests that assess the health of any deposits. Urine samples undergo physical and molecular analysis; stool assessment is based on physical characteristics.

The toilet automatically sends data extracted from any sample to a secure, cloud-based system for safekeeping. In the future, researchers say the system could be integrated into any healthcare provider’s record-keeping system for quick and easy access.

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This article first appeared in the June, 2020 issue of Medical Design Briefs Magazine.

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