AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 3 (March)

Surgery: Integumentary System (Q&A) (March 2010)

March 2010 page 9b Surgery: Integumentary System (Q&A) Question: Are codes 19102 and 19103 reported once per biopsy?  Answer: Code 19102, Biopsy of breast; percutaneous, needle core, using imaging guidance, and code 19103, percutaneous, automated vacuum assisted or rotating biopsy device, using imaging guidance, are reported based on the number of sampled lesions, not the number of obtained samples taken for pathological analysis. Since malignant cells may be found in one area of a lesion but not in another, multiple passes into the same lesion may be taken in order to ensure that the lesion is appropriately...

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