AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 5 (May)

Coding for Needle Biopsies and Ultrasound of Prostate (May 1996)

May 1996 page 3 Coding Communication Coding for Needle Biopsies and Ultrasound of Prostate Needle biopsies are commonly performed using ultrasonic guidance. After localizing the region, a physician uses ultrasound to guide the needle into a mass or region to obtain a specimen. The specimen is then sent to a pathology lab for appropriate analysis. Ultrasonic Guidance Procedures Before 1992, CPT contained "complete procedure" codes that were used to report a procedure and radiologic imaging. These codes (eg, 76943) were deleted in 1992. Since then, instead of reporting a single procedure code, two codes are reported: one code for...

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