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Prostate awareness

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021


We do ultrasound guided prostate biopsies in Radiology and report the ultrasound guidance with CPT code 76742. To report CPT code 76942, should we maintain permanently recorded images?


Yes, per the parenthetical guidelines in the Diagnostic Ultrasound section of the CPT book, permanently recorded images must be maintained for ultrasound guidance. The physician should also document the use of ultrasound guidance. This documentation can be included in the biopsy report or can be documented as a separate report. Typically, we see only one physician’s report that describes both the prostate needle biopsy as well as the ultrasound guidance.

Article Author: Jeffery Gordon, RN, MSN, CCA, COC
Jeffery Gordon, RN, MSN, CCA, COC, is the Manager of Outpatient Medical Review at Medical Management Plus, Inc. Jeff has over thirty-five years of experience in healthcare including Critical Care, Infection Control, Quality Assurance, Medical Necessity, Outpatient Coding, Medicare Claims data analysis and Medical Record review.

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