2. Radiology department of Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Campus, Lomé, Togo.
3. Radiology department of Centre Hospitalier Régional deSokodé, Togo.
4. Radiology department of Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kara, Togo.
5. Radiology department of Centre Hospitalier UniversitaireSylvanus Olympio, Togo.
Background: In French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa, thanatological imaging is not integrated into the training of radiology technicians. Thus, this raises a question about the knowledge level of radiology technicians in this field.
Purpose: To evaluate the knowledge level of radiology technicians in thanatological imaging in Frenchspeaking sub-Saharan Africa.
Materiel and Methods: This is a five-month descriptive cross-sectional study carried out in thirteen French-speaking countries in sub-Saharan Africa among radiology and medical imaging technicians. The questionnaires were completed in two formats: electronic format (online via Google Forms) and print format.
Results: We included 154 technicians in our study. The mean age was 37.83 years. The majority of technicians were male (71.4%). Of these radiology technicians, 81.2% had some knowledge of postmortem imaging, while only 11.7% had training in postmortem imaging. Technicians who had already been called upon to perform a postmortem radiology examination represented 30.6%. Plain radiography (X-ray) was the most performed imaging test (55.3%) followed by X-ray coupled with CT scan (23.4%). According to 35% of technicians, their radiology and medical imaging department carried out a postmortem examination at least once a year. Access to imaging service was granted on request when needed in 34% of cases. The reluctance of the technicians was the main obstacle to carrying out the examination.
Conclusion: Although known to technicians, thanatology is very rarely practiced in French-speaking subSaharan Africa. Plain radiography is the most common examination.
Keywords: Thanatology imaging, French-speaking, Sub-Saharan Africa, Radiology technicians