Radiology Question for the Week of May 24, 2021

Radiology Compliance Question of the Week


Are there separate codes for Pyeloric Ultrasound (US) and ultrasound Abdomen? If so, can these be charged separately if ordered on the same day, same session? Or is it all a US abdomen?


You would report only the appropriate US abdomen code (once). While there are required elements for a complete US abdomen, other abdominal areas seen are included, when seen at the same session. If you did a stand-alone pyloric ultrasound on a different day, it would be limited abdominal ultrasound 76705. And you can’t code a limited exam and a complete exam at the same time.

76705 Ultrasound, abdominal, real time with image documentation; limited (eg, single organ, quadrant, follow-up)

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