AMA CPT® Assistant - 2018 Issue 10 (October)

Radiology: Diagnostic Radiology (Diagnostic Imaging) (Q&A) (October 2018)

October 2018 page 12 Radiology: Diagnostic Radiology (Diagnostic Imaging) Question: What is the appropriate code to report for a carpometacarpal (CMC) joint Xray? Code 73120 for the hand or code 73100 for the wrist? Answer: Neither code 73120, Radiologic examination, hand; 2 views, nor code 73100, Radiologic examination, wrist; 2 views, is the appropriate code to report for this service. Instead, report code 73110, Radiologic examination, wrist; complete, minimum of 3 views. The carpometacarpal joint is named for the bones that make up the base joint of the thumb, ie, a carpal bone and a metacarpal of the thumb...

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