Nuclear Medicine Question for the Week of August 22, 2016

Question:

Question:

When we perform 78018 (thyroid carcinoma metastases imaging; whole body), we also do SPECT imaging. Is there another charge for the SPECT imaging when done with 78018?

Answer:

 Answer:

In addition to 78018, you would assign the following code:

78803 Radiopharmaceutical localization of tumor or distribution of radiopharmaceutical agent(s); tomographic (SPECT)