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RSNA Intracranial Hemorrhage Detection

Posted September 23, 2019

Intracranial hemorrhage, bleeding that occurs inside the cranium, is a serious health problem requiring rapid and often intensive medical treatment. For example, intracranial hemorrhages account for approximately 10% of strokes in the U.S., where stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death. Identifying the location and type of any hemorrhage present is a critical step in treating the patient.

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Diagnosis requires an urgent procedure. When a patient shows acute neurological symptoms such as severe headache or loss of consciousness, highly trained specialists review medical images of the patient’s cranium to look for the presence, location and type of hemorrhage. The process is complicated and often time-consuming.

Hemorrhage in the head (intracranial hemorrhage) is a relatively common condition that has many causes ranging from trauma, stroke, aneurysm, vascular malformations, high blood pressure, illicit drugs and blood clotting disorders. The neurologic consequences also vary extensively depending upon the size, type of hemorrhage and location ranging from headache to death. The role of the Radiologist is to detect the hemorrhage, characterize the hemorrhage subtype, its size and to determine if the hemorrhage might be jeopardizing critical areas of the brain that might require immediate surgery.

In this competition, your challenge is to build an algorithm to detect acute intracranial hemorrhage and its subtypes.

Submission to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM UTC October 28, 2019.

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