For the Week of March 3, 2014
What code would be used for a whole body CT in order to look for cancer?
If the order is for a whole body CT, and the images are documented as one exam, then code 76497 (unlisted CT procedure [e.g., diagnostic, interventional]) should be assigned because there is no specific code for a whole-body scan. If specific body areas such as CT chest and CT abdomen/pelvis are separately ordered and performed, the individual codes should be assigned.
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