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ABI and Arterial Doppler

Cathy Posted Tue 21st of June, 2011 19:14:14 PM

I have heard that if an ABI is performed '93922' and it is negative that an Arterial Doppler '93925' cannot be performed. But, that if there is no ABI performed, that as long as there are signs or symptoms that it is okay to perform the Arterial Doppler. Can someone confirm this one way or the other?

SuperCoder Answered Wed 22nd of June, 2011 17:19:52 PM

The ABI study compares the pressure between upper and lower extremities, the index results would reveal if there is any obstruction or abormalities in the lower extremity arteries. Hence to know the details, a Duplex is performed.

But to perform Duplex, it is not a MUST to perform ABI first. The physician can order for Duplex directly by signs and symptoms.

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