What is the appropriate CPT® code to report for a limited hepatic MRI of the liver, which is performed to quantify hepatic fat content?


The existing MRI abdomen without contrast code 74181 accurately describes this very limited examination of the liver performed primarily to quantify hepatic fat content. Because this is a very limited examination, modifier 52 (reduced services) should be appended to CPT code 74181.

74181Magnetic resonance (e.g., proton) imaging, abdomen; without contrast material(s)

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