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    Default Complete Vs Limited Abdominal US

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    I wanted to get a feel for how everyone codes this situation with an abdominal US.

    I have a group of radiologists that dictate the aorta and IVC as "midline vasculature" instead of specifically mentioning each one.

    Do you feel that this justifies the complete US? Or do they need to be more specific?

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    By CPT definition a complete Abd US exam includes documentation of the following structures:
    common bile duct
    upper abd aorta & inferior vena cava
    All structures must be documented in order to bill a complete exam. This is what we go by and hope it helps!

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    Yes, I know the organs that are required, but I'm trying to find out if other verbiage than the aorta/IVC are allowed. Thanks though

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    Major vasculature is acceptable. so , even midline vasculature should be ok.

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