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ultrasound for cervicle length

Cynthia Posted Tue 13th of July, 2010 17:33:28 PM

When an OB patient needs an ultrasound for cervical length. Is it an OB ultrasound (76817) or a gyn ultrasound (76830)? Yes patient is pregnant but we are cking her; not baby. Isnt it like an OB patient having an GB sono for kidneys?

SuperCoder Answered Wed 14th of July, 2010 12:49:58 PM

If the past medical records of the patient states and the doctor confirms that the women is pregnant then you can only code 76817. It is routine test performed by a physician for a pregnant women and also it is advised to have this scans to measure the length of your cervix if a women has a history of late miscarriage (in the second trimester) or premature birth. Because a very short (<25 mm) or dilated cervix is abnormal and is suggestive of an increased risk of preterm birth.

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