Radiology Question for the Week of August 8, 2016

Question:

Question:

If we are performing a percutaneous biopsy of the soft tissue of the neck, do we report code 21550 or 20206?

Answer:

Answer:

A percutaneous needle soft tissue biopsy is 20206 (plus 76942 for the ultrasound guidance).

The following note is included in the CPT book under 21550: (For needle biopsy of soft tissue, use 20206).

20206 Biopsy, muscle, percutaneous needle
21550 Biopsy, soft tissue of neck or thorax
76942 Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (e.g., biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation