Radiology Question for the Week of June 12, 2017

Question:

What is the appropriate CPT® code to report for a limited hepatic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the liver, which is performed to quantify hepatic fat content?

Answer:

The following code accurately describes this liver exam:

74181 MRI (e.g., proton), abdomen; without contrast material(s)

Because this is a very limited examination, modifier 52 (reduced services) should be appended to this code.

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