Question:

Can you provide the correct code for a nuclear medicine scan of the salivary gland? The patient was reported with a right parotid lesion. Images were taken from the head to neck using Tc 99m, and 17 minutes after the injection two ounces of lemon juice were given. Would 78800 be the appropriate code to assign?

Answer:

No, 78800 would not be correct, as there is a more specific code to report this service. Look instead at 78232 (salivary gland function study). Codes 78230–78232 are specific to salivary glands.

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