BC Advantage - 2014 Issue 12

Coding Radiographs of the Thumb

By Aimee Wilcox, MA, CST, CCS-PIf you've ever taken piano lessons, you know that the thumb is considered the first finger of the hand. However, when you are coding an x-ray of the thumb, you will find that this is considered part of the hand and not a finger.Let's look at the three codes we will be reviewing:Code 73140 - Radiologic examination, finger(s), minimum of 2 views.Code 73120 - Radiologic examination of the hand, minimum of two views.Code 73130 - Radiologic examination of the hand, minimum of three views.There are many reasons to x-ray just...

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