LA Tech Updates: XPrize Offers Up $1.8M for Rapid Covid-19 Detection with CT Scans

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LA Tech Updates: XPrize Offers Up $1.8M for Rapid Covid-19 Detection with CT Scans

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  • XPRIZE offers $1.5 grand prize to find better way to detect Covid-19 using CT scans

          XPRIZE offers $1.5 million for rapid Covid-19 detection via CT Scan

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          XPRIZE is offering a $1.5 million prize for the researchers that can provide the best protocol to rapidly detect COVID-19 with a CT scan, even in asymptomatic patients.

          The contest is part of the Culver-City based foundation's Pandemic Alliance created to hold competitions to fight coronavirus including one that called for fast and cheap Covid testing.

          CT scans - which provide a more detailed image inside the body than X-rays - are used to detect and monitor disease. The group hopes that it will provide a faster way to find early and even asymptomatic cases of the virus.

          "We can accelerate critical response efforts and identify breakthrough solutions using CT scans for earlier detection," said Amir Banifatemi, chief innovation and growth officer at XPRIZE in a statement. "Facing the COVID-19 crisis is proving to be one of the world's most critical challenges, as we currently rely on slow and invasive testing methods."

          The prize is offered in partnership with the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI).

          The teams wanting to participate will have until November 1st to sign up and have until November 15th as part of phase two to make any improvements after feedback. They will be tested on their COVID-19 detection, diagnosis, prediction and management of the treatment and will be selected based on which team has the greatest impact.

          "We need aggressive and bold actions to reduce transmission of COVID-19 to get ahead of the outbreak so that it is stopped. It will take the global community to accelerate how we meet these challenges," said Yaneer Bar-Yam, president and founder of the New England Complex Systems Institute in the announcing the contest.

          The judging phase and winners of the grand prize will be announced in January of 2021 with an additional $300,000 in bonus prizes. The total purse is $1.8 million.

          Although radiology protocols often take years to develop the collaborative hopes this competition will help radiologists have rapid results.

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