Question:

If we have an ultrasound of the back (soft tissue) or any part of the body (not including head, neck or extremities), we use code 76999—unlisted ultrasound procedure (e.g., diagnostic, interventional). We have one today looking at a mass on the soft tissue area of the T-spine. Last week we had a soft tissue of the chest. Just making sure there is not another code you feel we should be using.

Answer:

The American Medical Association and American College of Radiology have recommended the following codes for soft tissue ultrasounds:

Code Soft tissue area
76536 Neck
76882 Upper extremity
76882 Axilla
76604-52 Chest wall
76604-52 Upper back
76705 Lower back
76705 Abdominal wall
76882 Nerves, peripheral
76857 Pelvic wall
76587 Buttock
76857 Penis
76882 Groin
76857 Perineum
76882 Lower extremity
76999 Other soft tissue areas

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