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    Help! I've always told my imaging centers to use MRI Chest when an MRI Brachial Plexus is ordered because that was what I was taught. However, our new radiologist suggested a better code would be to use MRI of the Soft tissue of the neck. What do you think? Thanks, your help is appreciated!

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    Apr 2007
    Columbus GA


    Which specific CPT code is he suggesting and what were you using in the past? This would help in looking at it anatomically and thanks!

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    We are currently using 71550 and the RAD suggested that we use 70540. Thanks.

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    Athens, Ga.


    The brachial plexus is located primarily in the neck. I don't see any chest involvement at all, therefore I think 70540 is the better code. I'm not a radiology expert, however. :-)
    Walker Bachman, CPC, CPPM

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    Apr 2007
    Sioux Falls South Dakota


    Since the brachial plexus nerves originate in the cervical/thoracic spine, wouldn't an MRI of the spinal canal be the more appropriate code?
    Lucinda (Cindy) McGarry, CPC-P
    Applications Specialist
    Avera Health Plans
    Education Office Sioux Falls SD Local Chapter
    Past President Sioux Falls SD Local Chapter

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    Thanks for all your help. I have one of the techs checking to see what the ACR standard is. But I think since we are dealing with nerves that S.T. neck would be better and since that is what the rad suggested.....Thanks.

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    Detroit, MI 31312


    I use the neck code as well
    Stephanie Phillips, CPC-H

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