Basics about Cpt Code for chest x ray single view frontal

X rays are the most coded charts in profession of medical coding. As we know, the most commonly coded x rays are chest x rays. Chest x rays have different CPT codes depending on the number of views. Cpt Code for chest x ray single view frontal and lateral has two-view CPT code 71020. When there is one view of chest, CPT code for chest x ray single view frontal will be 71010. These two codes are very frequently used in radiology medical coding. In addition, when they are done together we have to code the lower RVU cpt with 59 modifier.  For example, when two view of chest 71020 is done with 71010 on same day, we have to add 59 modifier with cpt 71010, to show it is distinct procedure from 71020.

71020, 71010-59

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CPT 74000 code for abdominal x ray single view

We have combine CPT codes of abdomen with chest x ray. Abdomen x rays have three very common CPT Codes used in coding. There is different CPT code for one view of abdomen, two views of abdomen and combine CPT Code with one view of chest X ray. Below are the CPT codes for abdomen X ray

74000 CPT code for one view of abdomen

74020- Supine and erect studies of abdomen

74022- Abdomen series (two view of abdomen + one view of chest X ray)

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Special CPT code for chest x ray single view frontal

There are CPT codes for special view of chest x ray. When x ray of chest is taken is lateral, decubitus position we have CPT code 71035. Sometimes we get charts with inspiration and expiration view of chest x ray. Many coders get confused how to code this both views. The inspiration is coded as one view of chest 71010 and the expiration view of chest is considered is as special view 71035. Hence, the two codes for inspiration and expiration view will be 71010 and 71035 respectively.

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Other CPT code for chest x ray single view frontal

There are other cpt codes used rarely in radiology medical coding. Below are the remaining cpt codes used for chest x ay

71030- Chest complete minimum 4 views

71034- Chest complete with fluoroscopy

71021- Chest two views with Lordotic procedure

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Other list of Radiology X-ray CPT codes

70030 – X-Ray eye for foreign body

70110 – X-Ray jaw complete

70130 – X-Ray mastoids complete

70150 – X-Ray facial bones complete

70160 – X-Ray nasal bones

70200 – X-Ray orbits complete

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70220 – X-Ray sinuses complete

70240 – X-Ray sellaturcica

70260 – X-Ray skull complete

70328 – X-Ray jaw joint unilateral

70330 – X-Ray jaw joint bilateral

70360 – X-Ray neck soft tissue

71010 – Chest X-Ray 1 view

71020 – Chest X-Ray 2 view

71030 – Chest X-Ray complete 4 view

71034 – Chest X-Ray and fluoroscopy

71035 – Chest X-Ray special views e.g. Bucky/Decub

71101 – X-Ray ribs/chest unilateral 3 view

71111– X-Ray ribs/chest bilateral 4 view

71120 – X-Ray sternum 3 view

72082 Radiologic examination, spine, entire thoracic and lumbar, including skull, cervical and sacral spine if performed (e.g., scoliosis evaluation); 2 or 3 views

72020 – X-Ray spine , single view, specify level

For a single view that includes the entire thoracic and lumbar spine, use 72081

72040 – X-Ray neck spine 2 or 3 view

72050 – X-Ray neck spine 4 view

72052 – X-Ray neck spine with flex &ext

72081 Radiologic examination, spine, entire thoracic and lumbar, including skull, cervical and sacral spine if performed (e.g., scoliosis evaluation); one view

72082 ; 2 or 3 views

72083 ; 4 or 5 views

72084 ; minimum of 6 views

72070 – X-Ray thoracic spine 2 view

72072 – X-Ray thoracic spine 3 view

72074 – X-Ray thoracic spine 4 view

72080 – X-Ray thoracolumbar junction, minimum of 2 views (revised description in bold font) should include examination of the thoracolumbar junction*

73501 Radiologic examination, hip, unilateral, with pelvis when performed; 1 view

73502 Radiologic examination, hip, unilateral, with pelvis when performed; 2-3 views

73503 ; minimum of 4 views

73521 Radiologic examination, hips, bilateral, with pelvis when performed; 2 views

73522 ; 3-4 views

73523 ; minimum of 5 views

73501 Radiologic examination, hip, unilateral, with pelvis when performed; 1 view

73502 ; 2-3 views

73503 ; minimum of 4 views

73551 Radiologic examination, femur; 1 view

73552 ; minimum 2 views

Hope, now you would have able to differentiate between CPT code 71010 and CPT 74000 for chest and abdominal x ray. Do share your thoughts in the comment section.