AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2016 Issue 2; Ask the Editor

Left breast biopsy with placement of breast localization device(s)

Patient presents to have a mass of the left breast and a left axillary lymph node biopsied. The left breast nodule was identified and via direct sonographic guidance the needle was inserted and two (2) cores were obtained and a tissue marker was placed. The axillary lymph node was identified via direct sonographic guidance, the needle was inserted and three (3) cores were obtained and a tissue marker was placed. Post-procedural images were obtained with the marker in good position in the breast. Images were also obtained in the axillary tail. Would the placement of the tissue marker performed after the axillary core biopsy was performed be coded? What would be the appropriate code? ...

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