Radiology

Radiology Question for the Week of April 13, 2020

Radiology Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

What code should be used for a computed tomography (CT)-guided breast wire localization?

Answer:

Soft-tissue marker placement is typically performed with some type of imaging guidance. Since there is no site-specific breast code for wire localization including CT guidance, the American College of Radiology recommends that providers report code 10035. If a more specific site descriptor than soft-tissue is applicable (e.g., breast), use the site-specific codes for marker placement at that site. Source: https://www.acr.org/Advocacy-and-Economics/Coding-Source/ACRRadiology-Coding-Source-January-February-2016/Q-and-A


This question was answered in our Breast & Bone Density Procedure Coding Guide. For more hot topics relating to radiology services, please visit our store or call us at 1.800.252.1578, ext. 2.

CPT© copyright 2020 American Medical Association (AMA). All rights reserved.

Fee schedules, relative value units, conversion factors and/or related components are not assigned by the AMA, are not part of CPT, and the AMA is not recommending their use. The AMA does not directly or indirectly practice medicine or dispense medical services. The AMA assumes no liability for data contained or not contained herein.

CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association.