AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 6 (June)

Cardiac Blood Pool Imaging (June 1999)

June 1999 pages 3-4 Coding Communication Cardiac Blood Pool Imaging Several changes have been made in CPT 1999 for reporting cardiac blood pool imaging. New codes 78494 and 78496 78494Cardiac blood pool imaging, gated equilibrium, SPECT, at rest, wall motion study plus ejection fraction, with or without quantitative processing Code 78494 was added to describe the use of single photon emission tomography (SPECT) with cardiac blood pool, gated equilibrium. About 12,000 of these procedures are performed each year. This technology provides the added benefit of three-dimensional imaging, in contrast to the two-dimensional imaging (planar) provided in the service...

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