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PET/CT

Amy Posted Wed 04th of December, 2013 18:54:57 PM

Is fusion with PET and CT enough to code PET/CT. Please see example TECHNIQUE: 9.52 MCI F-18 FLUORODEOXYGLUCOSE ADMINISTERED INTRAVENOUSLY FOLLOWED BY WHOLE BODY IMAGING FROM THE MID SKULL INFERIORLY TO THE UPPER THIGHS. NONCONTRASTED CT IMAGING PERFORMED AND FUSED WITH PET.

Does it specifically have to state attention correction??

SuperCoder Answered Thu 05th of December, 2013 07:06:05 AM

The PET/CT codes aren’t intended for fused images.

See the question on the bottom of page 6 at this link: http://interactive.snm.org/docs/7-19-2005_SNM_PET_CT-QA.pdf

Also, CPT® Assistant (February 2005), includes this Q&A:
Question
With regard to the newly added 2005 codes 78814-78816, does "concurrently acquired" indicate this series is reported for imaging equipment that encompasses both the PET and CT camera in one machine?

AMA Comment
Yes, from a CPT coding perspective, codes 78814-78816 are reported for the PET and CT images simultaneously acquired on the same machine.

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