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Ultimate coding tips for CPT code for MRI Brain

Basics about CPT code for MRI Brain or Head

Radiology procedures are very useful for studying any structure of the body. Brain, which is a very vital part of human body, is also studied very carefully using radiology techniques. Having knowledge about anatomy and physiology helps in coding ICD 10 and CPT codes. If you are perfect in coding medical report, it will helps in preparing for certification exam like CPC without taking any training.  MRI, a three-dimensional scan to study any structure of body, is also used for studying head or brain. In MRI, a dye or a contrast can also be introduced to study the particular area of the body. We have separate CPT code for MRI brain or head with or without using of contrast. We will just learn how to use these CPT codes for coding Radiology medical charts.

Different CPT code for MRI brain or Head

We have three CPT codes for MRI brain exam. The codes are categorized of the basis of use of contrast. If the exam is done without use of contrast/dye or with use of contrast/dye, we have a separate CPT code for each of these scenarios. Like we have separate CPT code for CT and CTA, we have separate CPT code for MRI brain with or without contrast. Hence, we have all the specific CPT codes for different scenarios for MRI Brain or Head exam. Below, are the CPT codes used for MRI brain/head exam.

70551 –MRI Brain or Head without contrast material

70552 –MRI Brain or Head with contrast material

70553 –MRI Brain or Head without and with contrast material

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Oral & IV contrast for CPT code for MRI brain

Use for both oral and Intravenous (IV) contrast is used for MRI brain exam.  However, only IV contrast is considered as with contrast for MRI procedures. Hence, we should never code an oral contrast as with contrast (70552) for MRI brain procedures. This is very confusing for immature coders who are not known with oral or IV contrast. Hope, now you people can easily code these MRI brain CPT codes in future.

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Related CPT codes for MRI brain

We have separate MRI CPT Code different parts of body. There are specific CPT code upper and lower extremity joints as well as non-joints. These CPT codes are similar to MRI brain procedures codes, in these procedures also codes differ based on use of dye or contrast. Below is the list of codes for upper and lower extremity joints

73221 – Magnetic resonance (eg, proton) imaging, any joint of upper extremity (shoulder, elbow, wrist); without contrast material(s)

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73222 – Magnetic resonance (eg, proton) imaging, any joint of upper extremity; with contrast material(s)

73223 – Magnetic resonance (eg, proton) imaging, any joint of upper extremity; without and with contrast material(s)

73721 – Magnetic resonance (eg, proton) imaging, any joint of lower extremity (hip, knee, ankle); without contrast material

73722 – Magnetic resonance (eg, proton) imaging, any joint of lower extremity; with contrast material

73723 – Magnetic resonance (eg, proton) imaging, any joint of lower extremity; without and with contrast material

List of related  MRI CPT codes used in Radiology

70540 – MRI Orbits w/o Contrast

70543 – MRI Orbits w/wo Contrast

70540 – MRI Soft Tissue Neck w/o Contrast

70543 – MRI Soft Tissue Neck w/wo Contrast

70336 – MRI TMJ w/o contrast

Spine

72141 – MRI Cervical Spine w/o Contrast

72156 – MRI Cervical Spine w/wo Contrast

72146 – MRI Thoracic Spine w/o Contrast

72157 – MRI Thoracic Spine w/wo Contrast

72148 – MRI Lumbar Spine w/o Contrast

72158 – MRI Lumbar Spine w/wo Contrast

Joints

Upper Extremity joint

73221 – MRI Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist or Clavicle w/o contrast

73222 -MRI Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist or Clavicle with Contrast

73223 -MRI Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist or Clavicle w/wo Contrast

Lower Extremity joint

73721 – MRI Hip, Knee and Ankle w/o Contrast

73722 – MRI Hip, Knee and Ankle with Contrast

73723 – MRI Hip, Knee and Ankle w/wo Contrast

Upper extremity Non-joint

73718 – MRI Upper Extremity w/o Contrast

73719 – MRI Upper Extremity with Contrast

73720 – MRI Upper Extremity w/wo Contrast

Lower Extremity Non-Joint

73718 – MRI Lower Extremity w/o contrast

73719 – MRI Lower Extremity with Contrast

73720 -MRI Lower Extremity w/wo Contrast

Abdomen

74181 – MRI abdomen w/o contrast

74182 – MRI abdomen with contrast

74143 – MRI abdomen w/wo contrast

Pelvis

72195 – MRI Pelvis w/o Contrast

               MRI Sacrum/Coccyx w/o contrast

               MRI SI Joints w/o contrast

72197  -MRI Pelvis w/wo Contrast

              MRI Sacrum/Coccyx w/wo contrast

              MRI SI Joints w/wo contrast