Ultrasound Question for the Week of February 27, 2017

Question:

Question:

May the limited obstetric ultrasound code 76815 be used for transvaginal and transabdominal exams? It does not specify this in the CPT book.

Answer:

Answer:

While not specified in the description, code 76815 is intended to be a transabdominal scan. If you do a transvaginal, code 76817 would be the appropriate code.

76815 Ultrasound, pregnant uterus, real-time with image documentation, limited (e.g., fetal heart beat, placental location, fetal position and/or qualitative amniotic fluid volume), 1 or more fetuses
76817 Ultrasound, pregnant uterus, real time with image documentation, transvaginal