Radiology Question for the Week of August 22, 2016

Question:

Is there a code for the injection of a radiopharmaceutical when no scan is done (or intended)?

Answer:

There are two such codes:

38792 Injection procedure; radioactive tracer for identification of sentinel node
78808 Injection procedure for radiopharmaceutical localiztaion by non-imaging probe study, intravenous (e.g., parathyroid adenoma)

Assign code 38792 if the injection is for sentinel node localization and 78808 when it is for probe localization of other issues (such as adenoma).

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