Radiology Question for the Week of October 12, 2015



If a doctor orders an ultrasound (US) of soft tissues and the indication is lipoma of the buttock, is 76882 the correct CPT code to assign?  


According to both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR), the following code would be assigned for US of the soft tissues of the buttock: 

76857   Ultrasound, pelvic (nonobstetric), real time with image documentation; limited or follow-up (e.g., for follicles)

For more on this topic, see the ACR’s Ultrasound Coding User’s Guide and the May 2009 issue of the AMA’s CPT Assistant®.