AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 6 (June)

New Codes for PET Studies (June 1996)

June 1996 page 5 Coding Communication New Codes for PET Studies Positron emission tomography (PET) is a nuclear medicine technique that produces three dimensional images of the distribution of radioactivity (through emission of positrons) in a region of the body. It is similar to a Computed Tomography (CT) scan, but PET uses radiopharmaceuticals instead of dye and x-rays. (The table below shows the CPT codes used to report PET studies.) When the radiopharmaceutical agent is injected into the blood, a positron scanner can accurately detect, measure, and display sugar metabolism of tissues, such as the heart and brain...

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