January 4th, 2018
According to LCD L36342, a diagnostic mammography is a radiologic procedure furnished to a man or woman with signs and symptoms of breast disease, personal history of breast cancer, or a personal history of biopsy-proven benign breast disease, and includes a physician’s interpretation of the results of the procedure.
Diagnostic mammogram(s) are allowed for the following indications:
- The patient is under the care of the referring/ordering physician or qualified non-physician practitioner;
- There are signs and/or symptoms suggestive of malignancy (mass, some types of spontaneous nipple discharge or skin changes);
- There are possible radiographic abnormalities detected on screening mammography;
- There is short interval follow-up (less than one year) necessary for unresolved clinical/radiographic concerns; or
- Follow-up of established history of a malignancy is necessary
Diagnostic breast evaluation may be indicated in cases of a personal history of malignancy and in cases of benign biopsy-proven breast disease. These diagnoses should not, however, routinely warrant a diagnostic mammography.