76856 vs. 76857 Pelvic Ultrasound
Question: What is the difference between a limited pelvic ultrasound (76857) and a complete (76856) pelvic ultrasound?
Answer: Per the American Urological Society, elements of a complete pelvic ultrasound (76856 Ultrasound, pelvic (nonobstetric), real time with image documentation; complete) go beyond examination of the ovaries, to include medically necessary examination with a description and measurement of the uterus and adnexal structures, endometrium, bladder, and of any pelvic pathology (e.g., ovarian cysts, uterine leiomyomata, free pelvic fluid). Proper coding for a limited or follow-up exam is 76857 Ultrasound, pelvic (nonobstetric), real time with image documentation; limited or follow-up (eg, for follicles).
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