Radiology Question for the Week of June 19, 2017

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Question:

If lymphoscintigraphy is performed in both breasts, I report 78195 and A9520 x 1 each. Code 78195 has a medically unlikely edit (MUE) of 1. A9520 is per study dose, but bilateral breasts are considered one study, not two. However, if both breasts are injected but imaging is not performed, I report 38792 x 2 and A9520 x 1. I don’t understand why they aren’t reported the same number of times. Can you explain?