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Radiology CPT 70450 and 70496

sondra hayden

Burlington, VT
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If the patient had a CT brain ordered and performed without contrast and then brought back to Radiology at a later time that same day, would the service be accurately coded as 70450 and a 70496? I am considering 70470 to report both. Thanks for your feedback.


True Blue
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70470 would not be a correct code to represent the two procedures because 70450 and 70470 are CTs, but 70496 is a CT angiography. If these two had been done at the same session, you would just report 70496 since 70450 is a component code of 70496. But since the two procedures were performed at separate sessions, you can report both codes and append a modifier to 70450 - I would use modifier XE if these were separate encounters, or XU if they were separate procedures during the same admission.