AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 7 (July)

Cardiac Diagnostic Imaging (July 2010)

July 2010 pages 7-8 Cardiac Diagnostic Imaging Five new codes were added to the Cardiac Diagnostic Imaging subsection of the Radiology section in the CPT 2010 codebook to describe cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for velocity flow mapping and computed tomography (CT) of the heart. This article describes these codes and their intended applications. Cardiac MRI for Velocity Flow Mapping Traditional MRI uses static images to obtain clinical diagnoses based upon anatomic information, whereas cardiac MRI also provides a physiologic evaluation of cardiac function. Cardiac MRI may be indicated in selected patients with diagnosis and treatment planning in several...

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