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US of temporal artery

Peter Posted Wed 18th of June, 2014 10:37:08 AM

What would be the CPT code to use if we performed a ultrasound of the temporal artery.

Thank you.

SuperCoder Answered Wed 18th of June, 2014 16:42:55 PM

Thank you for your question. With more information this may be a bit easier to code, however, I have included what may be the code for what you are asking. Please review provider documentation and if you need further assistance please let me know.
93886-Transcranial Doppler study of the intracranial arteries; complete study

Clinical Responsibility

The physician applies a small amount of water–soluble gel to the skin over the area to be examined, generally the base of the skull and the area over the ears. The physician holds a transducer in place on the skin's surface to record blood flow information. In a complete study (93886), the physician evaluates the right and left anterior circulation territories and the posterior circulation territory.

A complete transcranial Doppler (TCD) study (93886) includes ultrasound evaluation of the right and left anterior circulation territories and the posterior circulation territory (to include vertebral arteries and basilar artery). In a limited TCD study (93888) there is ultrasound evaluation of two or fewer of these territories. For TCD, ultrasound evaluation is a reasonable and concerted attempt to identify arterial signals through an acoustic window.

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