Get Ready to use CPT code 76706
There are many new CPT codes added in diagnostic and interventional radiology. In radiology facility, the biggest change of CPT code happened in coding mammogram. Now, we will be using new CPT codes for diagnostic and screening mammogram. Similary, interventional radiology also has a lot of new CPT codes and has deleted many old codes. For coding epidural steroid injection and AV fistula coding, we have new CPT codes. Coming back to radiology again, we have a new CPT code 76706 for screening exam of aorta as well. Code 76706 will replace HCPCS code G0389, Ultrasound B-scan and/or real time with image documentation; for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening, which is deleted from 2017.
Also, be careful now with the use of CPT code 76770 for Ultrasound, retroperitoneal (for example, renal, aorta, nodes), real time with image documentation; complete, or code 76775, Ultrasound, retroperitoneal for example, renal, aorta, nodes), real time with image documentation; limited, for AAA screening. From 2017, the new CPT code 76706 should only be used.
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CPT code description for 76706
The U.S Preventive Services task Force recommends one-time screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) by ultrasonography in men aged 65 to 75 who have ever smoked. This imaging technique involves the screening ultrasound of abdominal aorta. This procedure is used to evaluate for the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) by checking the flow of blood in the abdominal aorta.
76706 Ultrasound, abdominal aorta, real time with image documentation, screening study for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
Use 76770, 76775, 93978 and 93979 for ultrasound or duplex ultrasound of the abdominal aorta other than screening exam.
Sample Report for CPT code 76706
EXAM: SAT SONO ABD AORTA – AAA SCREENING
REASON FOR STUDY: former smoker
CLINICAL HISTORY: Former cigarette smoking
COMPARISON: February 4, 2016
TECHNIQUE: Transverse and longitudinal views obtained throughout the aorta.
Aorta measures 2.6 cm proximally. Distal aorta measures 2.1 cm. Right iliac
measures 13 mm in the left iliac measures 16 mm.
IMPRESSION: No aortic aneurysm appreciated.
CPT – 76706
ICD 10- Z87.891