AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2020 Issue 4; Ask the Editor

Computed tomography (CT) scan retrospective reconstruction

A CT scan with contrast of the chest, abdomen and pelvis is performed in the Emergency Department. The images are later extrapolated to reconstruct the thoracic and lumbar spine using a bone algorithm. As separate images are not obtained, for facility reporting is the reconstruction of the spine captured with the initial imaging of the chest, abdomen and pelvis and not additionally reported, or can the facility report CPT codes 72129, 72132 for the retrospective reconstruction? ...

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