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Radiology Coding Alert

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Code Compression Fx Depending on Trauma Involvement

Question: I’m working on a patient who’s had a lumbar spine X-ray and a lumbar spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan on the same day. The lumbar X-ray documents L1 and L2 compression fractures in the impression with radiculopathy documented in the indication. The MRI, however, documents the same compression fractures in the impression, but states trauma in the indication. Should [...]