AMA CPT® Assistant - 2016 Issue 9 (September)

Radiology: Diagnostic Ultrasound (Q&A) (September 2016)

September 2016 page 9c Radiology: Diagnostic Ultrasound Question: How do you determine when to use the complete vs limited ultrasound codes 76881 and 76882? Answer: Code 76881, Ultrasound, extremity, nonvascular, real-time with image documentation; complete, is restricted to reporting ultrasound of a joint. Only a joint contains all of the various components, which would allow for the coding of a complete exam (eg, muscles, tendons, nerves, soft tissue). Ultrasound evaluation of non-joint areas of an extremity (eg, groin, axilla, calf, etc), is not a comprehensive exam. Rather, these are all anatomically focused exams that meet the definition for the...

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