What is the appropriate CPT® code when a whole-body PET with CT attenuation and then a comprehensive CT with oral and IV contrast are performed? Two separate studies were done at one visit.


If a hybrid scanner is used with the CT portion of the whole-body PET/CT being used for both attenuation correction/anatomic localization and as a fully diagnostic CT, then you would report the following PET/CT code plus the appropriate body area CT scan.

78816 Positron emission tomography (PET) with concurrently acquired computed tomography (CT) for attenuation correction and anatomical localization imaging; whole body

There is no code for a whole-body CT. If a diagnostic whole-body CT is performed and documented, unlisted code 76497 (unlisted CT procedure [e.g., diagnostic, interventional]) would be reported.

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