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    Physician performed bedside ultrasound of back to look for a possible abscess. None found, cellulitis only.

    Does anyone know of an appropriate CPT for this US?

    Thanks,
    Tiffany, CPC

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    For upper back code 76604, lower back 76705. See CPT Assistant May 2009 or ACR Ultrasound Coding User's Guide.

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    Thank you!

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    From ACEP:
    FAQ 13. Which CPT code is used to report the ultrasound examination of a palpable mass?

    The code is based on the location of the abnormality. The following codes would be reported for the specific site.

    •Neck - 76536
    •Upper extremity - 76882
    •Axilla - 76882
    •Chest wall - 76604
    •Upper back - 76604
    •Lower back - 76705
    •Abdominal wall - 76705
    •Pelvic wall - 76857
    •Buttock - 76857
    •Groin - 76870
    •Perineum - 76857
    •Lower Extremity - 76882
    •Other soft tissue - 76999

    http://www.acep.org/Content.aspx?id=30502

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