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Radiology

For the Week of November 24, 2014

Question:

What CPT code would be used for an ultrasound-guided biopsy of a lymph node in the axilla?

Answer:

Assuming that this is not an aspiration biopsy, the following codes would be assigned:

38505 Biopsy or excision of lymph node(s); by needle, superficial (e.g., cervical, inguinal, axillary)
76942 Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (e.g., biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation

An aspiration biopsy would be coded as follows:

10022 Fine needle aspiration; with imaging guidance
76942 Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (e.g., biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation

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