CPT code 76641 is used for billing for an ultrasound examination of the complete breast, including imaging of each breast quadrant and the central area behind the nipple and areola, and may include imaging of the axilla.
What Is CPT Code 76641
CPT 76641 is used for billing for an ultrasound of the breast, including the axilla, if performed, that involves using a transducer probe to generate sound waves that produce images of the breast tissue on a monitor.
The procedure includes imaging each breast quadrant and the central area behind the nipple and areola. This code should be used when a complete ultrasound examination of the breast is performed.
The CPT book describes CPT code 76641 as: “Ultrasound, breast, unilateral, real-time with image documentation, including axilla when performed; complete.”
When the patient is appropriately prepped, the provider places a transducer probe on the affected breast.
The probe generates sound waves that travel through tissues of different densities. As these sound waves strike through various tissues in the breast, they reflect, which the provider receives as images on the monitor.
For a complete ultrasound, the provider images each breast quadrant and the central area behind the nipple and areola.
In addition, the procedure might involve an ultrasound of the axilla and the breast.
How To Use CPT 76641
You should report CPT 76641 if the provider examines the complete breast.
Report CPT 76642 if the provider performs a limited ultrasound of one breast.