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Pak J Nucl Med. 2021; 11(1): 0-0

Perception of the role of scintigraphic imaging in the exploration of Pulmonary Embolism by cardiologists in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa

Authors: Kokou Adambounou, Amegninou Mawuko Yao Adigo, Abalo Mario Bakai, Komlan Amoussou, Ekoue Edem Fabrice Sodogas.

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Abstract

Background: The purpose of this study is to assess the place given to pulmonary scintigraphy in the exploration of pulmonary embolism by cardiologists in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa. Methods: Cross-sectional study, carried out from February 1 to May 30, 2017 and included 103 cardiologists working in French-speaking sub-Saharan African countries. Their accessibility, knowledge and attitudes regarding the use of lung scintigraphy in the exploration of pulmonary embolism were analyzed. Results: The sample consisted of 103 cardiologists of various nationalities practicing mainly in West Africa (85.4%) and 36.9% of whom had completed a clinical internship in Europe. A nuclear medicine service existed in their country, city and practice hospital in 56.3%, 48.5% and 15.5% of cases respectively. A large majority of cardiologists had never ordered for a pulmonary scintigraphy (79.6%), 15.5% ordered it rarely and 4.9% often. With equal accessibility, 86.4% would choose Computed tomography (CT) pulmonary angiography as the examination of choice in managing suspected cases of pulmonary embolism, compared to 11.7% for pulmonary scintigraphy. To rule out pulmonary embolism in case of chest pain with normal chest X-ray, only 16.5% would request for a pulmonary scintigraphy, against 80.6% for a CT angiography. However, 61.2% preferred a pulmonary scintigraphy to a CT pulmonary angiography (32%) to diagnose pulmonary embolism in a pregnant woman. More than half (56.3%) said they were unable to recognize a typical scintigraphic image of pulmonary embolism and 28.2% believed that pulmonary scintigraphy was more irradiating than CT pulmonary angiography. Overall the differences in perception were not statistically significant depending on their country of practice, their professional experience, the completion of a previous internship in Europe. Conclusion: The place given to pulmonary scintigraphy in the exploration of pulmonary embolism by cardiologists in sub-Saharan Africa is not very satisfactory. It is, therefore, necessary to sensitize clinicians to its diagnostic and prognostic value.

Keywords:   Pulmonary Scintigraphy; Pulmonary Embolism; Medical Imaging; French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa.


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Perception of the role of scintigraphic imaging in the exploration of Pulmonary Embolism by cardiologists in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa


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Kokou Adambounou
Biophysics and Nuclear Medicine departments, Campus Teaching Hospital, University of Lome, Togo
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Amegninou Mawuko Yao Adigo
Radiology department, Campus Teaching Hospital, University of Lome, Togo
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Abalo Mario Bakai
Cardiology department, Lome Teaching Hospital, University of Lome, Togo
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Komlan Amoussou
Radiology department, Campus Teaching Hospital, University of Lome, Togo
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Ekoue Edem Fabrice Sodogas
Biophysics and Nuclear Medicine departments, Campus Teaching Hospital, University of Lome, Togo
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Correspondence to:
. Amégninou Mawuko Yao Adigo, Radiology department, Campus Teaching Hospital, University of Lome, Togo; landry05@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 23 Jan 2021
Revised 03 Mar 2021
Accepted 21 Mar 2021
Published online 08 May 2021
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Adambounou K, AMYA, Bakai AM, Amoussou K, Sodogas EEF. Perception of the role of scintigraphic imaging in the exploration of Pulmonary Embolism by cardiologists in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa. doi:10.24911/PJNMed.175-1611404132


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Adambounou K, AMYA, Bakai AM, Amoussou K, Sodogas EEF. Perception of the role of scintigraphic imaging in the exploration of Pulmonary Embolism by cardiologists in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa. http://www.pjnmed.com/?mno=48398 [Access: August 02, 2021]. doi:10.24911/PJNMed.175-1611404132


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Adambounou K, AMYA, Bakai AM, Amoussou K, Sodogas EEF. Perception of the role of scintigraphic imaging in the exploration of Pulmonary Embolism by cardiologists in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa. doi:10.24911/PJNMed.175-1611404132


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Adambounou K, AMYA, Bakai AM, Amoussou K, Sodogas EEF. Perception of the role of scintigraphic imaging in the exploration of Pulmonary Embolism by cardiologists in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa. doi:10.24911/PJNMed.175-1611404132


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Adambounou, K., , . A. M. Y. A., Bakai, . A. M., Amoussou, . K. & Sodogas, . E. E. F. (2021) Perception of the role of scintigraphic imaging in the exploration of Pulmonary Embolism by cardiologists in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa. doi:10.24911/PJNMed.175-1611404132


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Adambounou, Kokou, Amegninou Mawuko Yao Adigo, Abalo Mario Bakai, Komlan Amoussou, and Ekoue Edem Fabrice Sodogas. 2021. Perception of the role of scintigraphic imaging in the exploration of Pulmonary Embolism by cardiologists in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa. doi:10.24911/PJNMed.175-1611404132


Chicago Style

Adambounou, Kokou, Amegninou Mawuko Yao Adigo, Abalo Mario Bakai, Komlan Amoussou, and Ekoue Edem Fabrice Sodogas. "Perception of the role of scintigraphic imaging in the exploration of Pulmonary Embolism by cardiologists in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa." doi:10.24911/PJNMed.175-1611404132


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Adambounou, Kokou, Amegninou Mawuko Yao Adigo, Abalo Mario Bakai, Komlan Amoussou, and Ekoue Edem Fabrice Sodogas. "Perception of the role of scintigraphic imaging in the exploration of Pulmonary Embolism by cardiologists in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa." doi:10.24911/PJNMed.175-1611404132


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Adambounou, K., , . A. M. Y. A., Bakai, . A. M., Amoussou, . K. & Sodogas, . E. E. F. (2021) Perception of the role of scintigraphic imaging in the exploration of Pulmonary Embolism by cardiologists in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa. doi:10.24911/PJNMed.175-1611404132


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