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CPT 71250 | CT Scan Of The Thorax Without Contrast Material

CPT code 71250 describes a computed tomography (CT) scan of the thorax. This is a medical imaging procedure with X-rays to create detailed, cross-sectional images of the chest area, including the lungs, heart, and other organs and structures, and is performed without using contrast material.

What Is CPT Code 71250?

CPT code 71250 describes a computed tomography (CT) of the thorax and can only be used if the procedure is performed without contrast material.

A CT scan is a medical imaging procedure that uses X-rays to create detailed, cross-sectional images of the body. Healthcare providers then use these images to diagnose and monitor various conditions, including injuries, infections, and tumors.

The “thorax” refers to the chest area, which includes the lungs, heart, and other organs and structures in the chest cavity. This procedure is specifically used to take images of the thorax.

“Without contrast material” refers to the 71250 procedure performed without injecting contrast material, typically iodine or barium, into the patient’s bloodstream. These materials help to highlight specific areas of the body and can be used to identify issues that may not be visible on a standard CT scan.

Description

The CPT book defines CPT code 71250 as: “Computed tomography, thorax, diagnostic; without contrast material.”

Procedure

In this diagnostic procedure, a computed tomography (CT) scan of the thorax is conducted without using contrast material.

The patient is instructed to lie on the scanner bed and remains still while the bed is slowly moved into the scanner.

The provider then captures multiple cross-sectional images of the thoracic region. The provider examines these images on a computer monitor and interprets the results.

The provider also uses the computer to store, reconstruct, and print the images for further evaluation if needed. Importantly, no contrast material is injected into the patient during this procedure.

How To Use CPT 71250

CPT code 71250 can not be used if contrast material is injected during the procedure; in that case, you can bill CPT code 71260 instead.

When a CT scan of the thorax is done both without contrast material and followed by the injection of contrast material, the appropriate code is CPT 71270. This code covers the diagnostic procedure, performed without contrast material, followed by contrast material and other sections.

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