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When it comes to poop, a picture is worth a thousand words. And soon, thanks to a new device that records everything about our stool before it gets flushed away forever, doctors will be able to use these pics for faster and more accurate diagnoses of gastrointestinal conditions. The technology, presented at Digestive Disease Week by a researcher from Duke University, turns normal toilets into smart thrones that use artificial intelligence to photograph and analyze bowel movements mere moments after they occur. The devices, which can be installed within the plumbing of existing toilets, provide a wealth of information doctors can use to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal issues such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). “Typically, gastroenterologists have to rely on patient self-reported information about their stool to help determine the cause of their gastrointestinal health issues, which can be very unreliable,” said Deborah Fisher, one of the study’s lead authors and an associate professor of medicine at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

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