Radiology Question for the Week of April 4, 2016

Question:

Our doctor injected contrast into the shoulder joint and then we performed an MRI of the shoulder.  Can we assign code 20610 in addition to 73222?   

Answer

You would not code 20610 for the injection of contrast material into a shoulder prior to an MRI. Instead see code 23350—injection procedure for shoulder arthrography or enhanced CT/MRI shoulder arthrography. If fluoroscopic guidance was used for the injection, the following code may be assigned as well: 

77002 Fluoroscopic guidance for needle placement (e.g., biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device)

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