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SuperCoder Posted Wed 23rd of March, 2011 16:32:09 PM

ok so the facility i work for has an emt come in to inject contrast i live in texas cant the tech do this so we dont have to pay that fee anymore its crazy to pay an emt just for that or is it a law thanks

SuperCoder Answered Thu 24th of March, 2011 13:28:55 PM

You have mentioned that the EMT has come to inject contrast. And you seek to know if your technician can doe that so as to avoid payment to the EMT.

Please tell the scenario when the contrast was injected. If it is an intraoperative procedure perfomred by same physician or if it is a radiological procedure by the same physician for contrast injection ? If really the physicians have only injected contrast without doing any procedure.

SuperCoder Posted Thu 24th of March, 2011 13:33:26 PM

hi sanjit,
the emt comes in to inject contrast for an mri to the diagnostic facility because say the doctor is not there

SuperCoder Answered Thu 24th of March, 2011 16:13:41 PM

MRI codes have both professional component as well as technical component. This justifies that a technician can perform the contrast injection as part of the procedure. So, your techncian can perform injection of contrast. But it may be that your technician was absent at that point of time, so the emt was called.

Finally I would like to provide some info regarding injection of contrast in MRI:-
If a contrast material will be used in the MRI exam, a nurse or technologist will insert an intravenous (IV) line into a vein in your hand or arm. A saline solution may be used. The solution will drip through the IV to prevent blockage of the IV line until the contrast material is injected.

You will be moved into the magnet of the MRI unit and the radiologist and technologist will leave the room while the MRI examination is performed. When the examination is completed, you may be asked to wait until the technologist or radiologist checks the images in case additional images are needed. Your intravenous line will be removed.

MRI exams generally include multiple runs (sequences), some of which may last several minutes. The entire examination is usually completed within 45 minutes.

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