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Distinguish Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy

Question: How is a bone marrow aspiration different from a bone marrow biopsy? Ohio Subscriber Answer: You report code 38220 (Diagnostic bone marrow; aspiration(s)) for a bone marrow aspiration and 38221 (Diagnostic bone marrow; biopsy(ies)) for a bone marrow biopsy. Your physician may perform a bone marrow aspiration and biopsy at the same site during the same session. In this [...]