AMA CPT® Assistant - 2019 Issue 5 (May)

Surgery: Integumentary System (May 2019)

May 2019 page 10 Surgery: Integumentary System Question: What code should be used to report a physician's work for fine needle aspiration (FNA) of nodular thyroid gland (bilateral lobes)? The physician performs an FNA biopsy without image guidance on the right thyroid lobe nodule; however, the physician then determines that ultrasound guidance is necessary for an FNA biopsy of the left thyroid lobe nodule. Answer: CPT code 10021, Fine needle aspiration biopsy, without imaging guidance; first lesion, would be reported for FNA biopsy of the right thyroid lobe nodule because this is the first lesion biopsied with no imaging...

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