CPT® 55706, Under Incision Procedures on the Prostate

The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code 55706 as maintained by American Medical Association, is a medical procedural code under the range - Incision Procedures on the Prostate.

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A prostate biopsy is a procedure in which small samples are removed from the prostate gland with a special biopsy needle or during surgery, to be tested for the presence of cancer or other abnormal cells.

A prostate biopsy can be performed by several different methods:

1. Transrectal method

2. Perineal method

3. Transurethral method

Physicians can perform prostate biopsies with or without the presence of a radiologist and in both facility and non–facility settings. In addition, physicians almost always perform needle biopsies of the prostate (CPT codes 55700 and 55706) under ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (CPT code 76942), and frequently do them in addition to transrectal echography (CPT code 76872). Physicians rarely perform the more invasive biopsy procedure (CPT code 55705).

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