Question:What's the difference between 19296-+19297 and 19298?
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Answer:The first two codes describe catheter placement for the newer technique of accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI), such as the MammoSite system:
APBI targets part of the breast after a lumpectomy. Treatment takes place over a five- to six-day period instead of the weeks that older techniques require.
What happens:The physician creates a tunnel or cubbyhole and inflates the expandable catheter so that it can't be removed. Later the patient returns for radiation, often for five treatments, twice a day, with six hours in-between.