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Take Your Ultrasound Coding Up a Notch Using This Glossary

Apply definitions direct from CPT®.Successfully connecting your radiology report to codes and coverage policies requires understanding a variety of medical terms. For accurate ultrasound coding, be sure you've mastered the following definitions.A-mode: One-dimensional ultrasound measurement* (may be seen in ophthalmology)B-scan: Two-dimensional ultrasound scan with two-dimensional display*Doppler: Ultrasound method that shows the pattern and direction of blood flow in vessels by bouncing sound waves off of circulating red blood cells; spectral Doppler shows the spectrum of flow velocities in relation to time; color flow Doppler uses a color display to show flow toward the transducer (usually red) and flow away from the transducer (usually blue)Duplex: Ultrasound method that shows the pattern and direction of blood flow in vessels; produces real-time images combining "B-mode two-dimensional vascular structure, Doppler spectral analysis, and color flow Doppler imaging"#M-mode: One-dimensional ultrasound measurement "with movement of the trace to record amplitude and velocity of moving echo-producing structures"* [...]


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