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NM Bone scan Whole body with pt refusal of images

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I have a pt that has come in to have a NM bone scan whole body. The pt refused images after the injection of 20.9 mCi of technetium 99 M labeled MDM due to him being claustrophobic.

I'm a little confused on which way to go with this one. At first I was thinking that I would bill for the body scan with the 52 modifier but now I'm thinking that I would only bill for the injection.

Can anyone help break this down for me?



Syracuse, NY
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Coding Data Analyst

According to the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), if you have given the radiopharmaceutical, you have begun the exam. Report the code for the lowest level of the exam scheduled with modifier 52 along with the radiopharmaceutical.