AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 5 (May)

Reporting Ultrasounds (May 2009)

May 2009 page 7 Coding Brief:Reporting Ultrasounds Question: Are there specific CPT codes that should be reported to describe the use of portable ultrasound devices at the patient's bedside? Answer: The assignment of the appropriate ultrasound code is based on the type of study performed, not the type of equipment used to perform the study or the indication for the study. Report the ultrasound code according to the anatomic area studied (eg, chest or abdomen). For anatomic regions with "complete" and "limited" ultrasound codes, note the elements that comprise a "complete" examination. The report should contain a description of...

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