Cardiology Question for the Week of May 13, 2024

Question:

When coding for real-time and Doppler studies on the arteries of bilateral lower extremities using codes 93925 and 93926, what considerations should be taken into account regarding the extent of the scan and when evaluating arterial bypass within the lower extremity?

Answer:

Real-time and Doppler studies are performed on the arteries of bilateral lower extremities. The scan includes the full length of the common femoral, superficial, and popliteal arteries. If indicated by the patient’s signs and symptoms, the iliac, deep femoral, and tibio-peroneal arteries should be included. Blood pressure (systolic) should be determined. These codes also apply when an evaluation is performed of an arterial bypass within the lower extremity including the surrounding or adjacent vessels.

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