CPT Codes

Diagnostic Ultrasound examinations require permanently recorded images, clinically appropriate measurements and a written report.

The CPT codes for musculoskeletal ultrasound are:
CPT 76881: Ultrasound, extremity, nonvascular, real-time with image documentation, complete.

CPT Guidelines: A complete ultrasound examination of an extremity consists of real-time scans of a specific joint that includes examination of the muscles, tendons, joint, other soft tissue structures, and any identifiable abnormality.

CPT 76882: Ultrasound, extremity, nonvascular, real-time with image documentation, limited, anatomic specific.

CPT Guidelines: A limited, anatomic-specific ultrasound examination is performed primarily for evaluation of muscles, tendons, joints, and/or soft tissues. It is a limited examination where a specific anatomic structure such as a tendon or muscle [Moderator Note: or plantar fascia] is being assessed. The code would be used to evaluate a soft-tissue mass that may be present in an extremity where knowledge of its cystic or solid characteristic is needed.

Code 76942: Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (eg. Biopsy, aspiration, injection, localizationdevice) imaging supervision and interpretation

* Codes are to be used in conjunction with the related ICD9 Procedure codes.

CPT Code/Value search:
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It is recommended to always check with your insurance carrier and AMA for updates and guidelines.

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