Nuclear Medicine Question for the Week of October 12, 2015

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What CPT codes should be charged when performing a lymphoscintigraphy for pre-operative sentinel node localization? Is there an injection code? Should 38792 be charged?

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If you do lymphatic imaging, then assign code 78195, which also includes the injection (as do almost all nuclear medicine codes). Code 38792 is only used when a radiopharmaceutical injection is given, and the patient is sent to surgery without any lymphatic imaging.  

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