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    I'm wondering if someone can help me give a clear definition of subselective so that someone can understand.

    I know that selective catheter placement means that the catheter is advanced beyond the vessel punctured or beyond the aorta into a vascular family.

    But, how can I define subselective??

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    Do you mean to say 'supraselective'? I've noticed that term in the CPT and I'm guessing it would be a more selective catheter placement from the first access site.

    Quoted from Interventional Radiology Coding Reference by ZHealth Publishing:

    "There are two separate kinds of catheter placements: non-selective and selective. A non-selective placement is when the catheter stays in the vessel entered or only advances to the aorta."
    Last edited by K.hancin; 08-01-2011 at 05:42 PM.

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