Question:

We just started imaging, in nuclear medicine, after we inject the isotope, in the breast, for sentinel node identification. We previously assigned 38792 (injection procedure; radioactive tracer for identification of sentinel node), but now that we are imaging is the correct CPT® to use 78195?

Answer:

Yes, if you image after the injection, then you report ONLY 78195 (lymphatics and lymph nodes imaging). You would not report both 38792 (injection only, NO imaging) and 78195 (injection with imaging).

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