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    Default Views ? on x-ray

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    Pt had an x-ray of the thoracic spine.....what would be the appropriate CPT code? My choice is 72070, office manager says to bill 72072?? Thanks.


    CLINICAL INDICATION: Chronic mid thoracic pain. MRI correlation.



    AP and lateral views of the thoracic spine are obtained (total 3 views).

    the paraspinal soft tissue contours appear within limits of normal. There is no loss of thoracic vertebral body height and or malalignment.


    1. No significant findings.
    2. Please see MRI report for further details.

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    Because the radiology report states that there were 3 views I would bill 72072code 72070 is for thoracic spine 2 views.

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    Yes, but the report states AP/lateral???

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    Even though the reports states AP and lateral it still states 3 views. It can be 2 AP and 1 lateral or 1 AP and 2 lateral a total of 3 views. I would bill 72072 for 3 views.

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    If AP and lateral views - 72070

    If 3 Views - 72072.

    In your case, consider only 3 views rather than considering AP and lateral views as this counts only two views.

    If 3 Views are mentioned, but AP, lateral, PA, and oblique veiws are taken then go by the names of the veiws rather than number of views because AP, lateral, 1 oblique and PA views count 4 views in total - 72074.

    Hope this helps you more for other sites too.

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