tci Part B Insider - 2012 Issue 45

Reader Question: Use Standard Codes for White Light Colonoscopy

Question: What is the appropriate CPT® code for a colonoscopy when documentation states "White light and narrow band imaging modes were used to examine the entire colon." No biopsies or other procedures performed with the colonoscopy. Answer: The standard colonoscopy techniques makes use of a white light and narrow band imaging uses a blue light to view the areas of the colon. The blue light used in narrow band imaging is believed to improve the contrast that is supposed to aid in the identification of intestinal polyps more efficiently. While some gastroenterologists prefer the use of narrow band...

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