Nuclear Medicine Question for the Week of December 21, 2015



How would you code for a liver / lung shunt study? 5 mCi technetium 99 MAA was intra-arterially infused into the proper hepatic artery just distal to the gastroduodenal artery. Images of the abdomen and chest were obtained with a gamma camera for liver / lung shunt study.


We recommend the following code because you are checking the radiopharmaceutical distribution with imaging of two areas: the chest and abdomen.

78801Radiopharmaceutical localization of tumor or distribution of radiopharmaceutical agent(s); multiple areas