Radiology Question for the Week of November 9, 2015

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If we do a unilateral rib series and a posteroanterior (PA) and lateral chest x-ray, do we assign codes 71101 and 71010 or 71100 and 71020?  

Answer

If an anteroposterior (AP) or PA and lateral chest are performed with any rib series, assign code 71020 plus the appropriate rib series code without PA chest. So, in answer to your question, assign codes 71020 and 71100.

71020 Radiologic examination, chest, 2 views, frontal and lateral;

71100 Radiologic examination, ribs, unilateral; 2 views

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