If all the doctor is doing is reading the MRI, then that is part of his E/M service (worth 2 data points as part of MDM).
If he is truly re-interpreting the MRI - reviewing the films, and writing an interpretation report separate from his E/M documentation - then I believe that, yes, this can be coded with the -26 modifier.
When I was hurt in an auto accident and sent for MRI of the neck, the neurologist went over the films with me in her office ... but she never billed for a separate interpretation.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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