Nuclear Medicine Question for the Week of May 23, 2016

Question:

Question:

What code do we assign for a three-phase bone scan and SPECT?

Answer:

Answer:

Because three-phase bone scans are generally limited area scans, code 78315 is bundled into SPECT code 78320. If you perform a whole body scan as part of the three-phase bone scan, you would choose either 78315 or 78320.  You should not code both. 

78315  Bone and/or joint imaging; 3 phase study

78320  Bone and/or joint imaging; tomographic (SPECT)