CPT® 87181, Under Antimicrobial Susceptibility Studies

The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code 87181 as maintained by American Medical Association, is a medical procedural code under the range - Antimicrobial Susceptibility Studies.

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The lab analyst performs the technical steps to evaluate a culture isolate’s susceptibility, or sensitivity, to a specific antimicrobial agent, commonly called an antibiotic. He uses a test device with a gradient dilution of the antibiotic placed on an agar plate inoculated with the isolate. 

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