CPT 71046 is a diagnostic procedure in which a health provider performs two radiological views of the patient’s chest. This procedure assesses conditions affecting the patient’s chest, nearby structures, or its content.
The 71046 CPT code is officially described by the CPTs manual as follows: “Radiologic examination, chest; 2 views”.
CPT code 71046 is a diagnostic procedure. The provider starts by positioning the patient to focus the X-ray beam on the chest. The patient mustn’t move to prevent blurring of the picture.
Then, the X-ray machine sends radiation beams through the patient’s chest, and the image is recorded by a special film or a computer.
After that, the health provider checks the X-ray. Bones appear white in the image because they absorb more radiation than softer tissue. They appear darker.
The provider can use different views for diagnostic purposes. Possible views of the chest are:
- An anteroposterior view: Front-to-back view.
- A posteroanterior view: Back-to-front view.
- A lateral view: Side–to–side view.
- Oblique views (left or right): 45–degree angle views.
Other views of the chest during a CPT 71046 procedure can be the decubitus view to detect fluids or the lordotic view to visualize the apex of the lung or expiratory after the patient exhales.
3. Billing Guidelines
Report Modifier 26 with CPT code 71046 if you report the physician’s interpretation of this service.
Append modifier TC to CPT 71046 if you only report the technical component. You can not use modifier 26 or modifier TC for global services.
You can bill two units on the same service date. It is allowed to report three units to prove the medical necessity of CPT code 71046.
4.1 CPT With Modifier 26
Below are the costs and RUVs rates for CPT 71046 if reported with the 26 modifier.
4.2 CPT With Modifier TC
Below are the costs and RUVs rates for CPT 71046 if reported with the TC modifier.
4.3 CPT With A Global Modifier
Below are the costs and RUVs rates for CPT 71046 if reported with a global modifier.