AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 3 (March)

Radiology: Diagnostic Ultrasound (Q & A) (March 2011)

March 2011 page 10a Radiology: Diagnostic Ultrasound Question: To report code 76942 correctly, is it required that the ultrasound guide the actual “needle puncture”? Answer: Yes. Code 76942, Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (eg, biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation, requires that the ultrasound is used to guide the needle such as for a needle biopsy or fine needle aspiration (FNA) of an organ or body area. It is not required that the ultrasound guidance be used specifically for the insertion of the needle through the skin but the imaging must be used to guide...

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