AMA CPT® Assistant - 2012 Issue 3 (March)

Radiology: Diagnostic Ultrasound (Q&A) (March 2012)

March 2012 page 10c Radiology: Diagnostic Ultrasound Question: To perform a thoracoabdominal trauma examination, emergency physicians frequently use ultrasound for a Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST). FAST includes a limited transthoracic echocardiogram directed to the identification of the presence or absence of pericardial fluid, and a limited abdominal ultrasound to identify free -intraperitoneal fluid utilizing three separate ultrasound windows (right and left upper quadrants and pelvic peritoneum). How is this reported? Answer: There is no specific CPT-defined code for the Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) exam. The exam is reportable as two distinct limited ultrasound...

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