AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 7 (July)

Cardiac MRI (July 2008)

July 2008 page 3 Coding Communication:Cardiac MRI The Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology (Diagnostic Imaging) section, Heart subsection, which includes codes that report cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, has been revamped and expanded for 2008. Codes 75552-75556 have been deleted and replaced with codes 75557-75564. Unlike traditional magnetic resonance imaging, cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging provides a physiologic evaluation of cardiac function and routinely requires physician input during the exam while the patient is in the scanner. Technological improvements that are reflected in the new code descriptors have expanded the applications of CMR and enhanced the ability to better assess the functional and...

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