Radiology Question for the Week of May 29, 2017


May I report MRI and MRA of the brain during the same session?


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) for the same anatomic location may be reported together in limited circumstances. If a single technical study is performed that is used to generate images for separate MRI and MRA reports, only one of the procedures (ei­ther the MRI or MRA) for the anatomic region may be reported. Both an MRI and MRA may be reported for the same anatomic region if they are performed at separate patient encounters or if two separate and distinct technical stud­ies, one for the MRI and one for the MRA, are performed at the same patient encounter. The medical necessity for the latter situation is uncommon.


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