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>Objective: To investigate the compliance of computed tomography CT scanrequests in the X-ray units of Sub-Saharan Africa. Methods: Multi-centric,exhaustive, descriptive and cross-sectional study Burkina Faso and Benin focusedon CT scan requests implemented and interpreted from May 1 to July 31, 2014.Request compliance was assessed according to the criteria of the French HighAuthority for Health to which was added a criterion for fulfillment ofdescription of patient clinical information. An exam was deemed compliant whenall criteria were met. Ratios were compared by means of Chi2 test at0.05% significance level. Results: Among the 426 colligated computed tomographyprescriptions, the least filled fields were allergy concept 0%, creatinine-mia0.3%, examination purpose 50.2%. The overall compliance rate was 35%. Therequests made by medical specialists were more compliant than those made bygeneral practitioners and students p = 0.003. Fulfillment of clinicalinformation description was also better among medical specialists compared tothe other prescribers p = 0.002. Conclusion: It is important to improve thequality of computed tomography CT scan requests in the hospitals ofBobo-Dioulasso Bur-kina Faso and Parakou Benin.


Compliance, Prescription, Scanner, Sub-Saharan Africa

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Nikièma, Z. , de Tové, K. , Sombié, I. , Barro, S. , Méda, Z. and Cissé, R. 2016 Compliance of Computed Tomography Scan Requests in Sub-Saharan Africa. Open Journal of Radiology, 6, 125-130. doi: 10.4236-ojrad.2016.62019.

Author: Zakari Nikièma1,2, Kofi-Mensa Savi de Tové3, Issiaka Sombié2, San Désiré Constantin Barro1, Ziemlé Clément Méda2, Rabiou



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