Radiology Question for the Week of January 25, 2016

Question:

What is the appropriate CPT code to report for a limited hepatic MRI of the liver, which is performed to quantify hepatic fat content?

Answer:

The existing MRI abdomen without contrast code 74181—magnetic resonance

(e.g., proton) imaging, abdomen; without contrast material(s)—accurately describes this very limited examination of the liver performed primarily to quantify hepatic fat content. Because this is a very limited examination, modifier 52 (reduced services) should be appended to CPT code 74181.

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