AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 4 (April)

Radiology: Diagnostic Radiology (Diagnostic Imaging) (Q&A) (April 2010)

April 2010 page 10c Radiology: Diagnostic Radiology (Diagnostic Imaging) (Q&A) Question: What is the correct CPT code for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performed for a mass on the upper back? Answer:  To report an MRI of upper-back mass, it is appropriate to use codes in the range of 71550 to 71552—Magnetic resonance (eg, proton) imaging, chest (eg, for evaluation of hilar and mediastinal lymphadenopathy)—-depending on whether contrast was administered. The upper back is part of the thorax, and this MRI code is meant to be analogous to the CT thorax code. If the imaging is limited...

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