August 31, 2009

ACR Radiology Coding Source™ July-August 2009

Obstetrical Ultrasound Coding and the Radiology Report

Obstetrical (OB) ultrasound studies must be well documented in order to support the CPT® code(s) chosen. The CPT code book lists the required elements for all OB ultrasound codes, and gives instructions to look for all of these elements in the radiology report in order to choose a complete study code. This article summarizes the OB codes and identifies when they should be reported.