Wiki Nuclear Medicine - PET Brain vs PET/CT limited


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when a PET/CT limited area is done (the code book indicates examples such as the head/neck along) does this PET/CT limited area code 78814 include the brain?

Question: How do I code PET/CT of the brain used for evaluating tumor response
to therapy? Can I use the PET/CT code 78814?
SNM comment:
No. For PET brain imaging with a PET/CT or a PET scanner providers use CPT
78608 Brain imaging, positron emission tomography (PET); metabolic evaluation.
Similar to other nuclear medicine codes, when there is a specific body area
code you default to the body area such as in this case of PET Brain imaging. At
present there is no literature that we are aware of to support coding a PET/CT
for brain imaging.