AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2005 Issue 2

Visualization through ultrasonography

Ultrasonography is the use of high frequency sound waves that reflect off of different tissues to produce images of internal organs. These images provide information regarding the organ’s size, structure, and pathological lesions. This type of procedure is often referred to as a sonogram or ultrasound scan. Ultrasounds can be taken of various body parts, including the breast, major veins and arteries, abdominal aorta, gallbladder and biliary system, liver, lymph nodes, uterus, eye, pancreas, pelvis, kidneys, spleen, thyroid, cerebral vessels, and rectum. Although ultrasounds can pass through internal organs and tissues easily, such as tendons and ligaments, sound...

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