Under the scenario that a patient has just an abdominal aorta ultrasound, do we report code 76770 or 76775?
The appropriate code would be either 76775 or 76706. 76706—Ultrasound, abdominal aorta, real time with image documentation, screening study for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)—is assigned when a screening ultrasound for abdominal aortic aneurysm is ordered. Otherwise, code 76775—Ultrasound, retroperitoneal (e.g., renal, aorta, nodes), real time with image documentation; limited—would be assigned. Code 76770 represents a complete retroperitoneal and requires additional documented elements.