Radiology Question for the Week of November 28, 2016


How do I code for an MRI of the brain and MRI of the IACs?


When brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is performed followed by only a few extra sequences focused on the internal auditory canals (IACs), the MRI of the IACs is included with the brain MRI. However, when a complete MRI of the brain study is performed in conjunction with a complete study of the IACs, it is appropriate to assign the appropriate brain MRI code twice and append the -59 modifier to second code.

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