August 31, 2009

ACR Radiology Coding Source™ July-August 2009

Noninvasive Vascular Diagnostic Studies

The introductory language in the noninvasive vascular diagnostic section of the CPT code book distinguishes between the noninvasive vascular diagnostic studies performed on the ultrasound duplex scanner from physiologic studies not performed on the duplex scanner and which do not involve imaging. Both types of noninvasive vascular diagnostic studies will be discussed to help coders better understand how to code through an enhanced technical understanding of these studies.