CPT code 72100 is a radiologic examination of the lower part of the spine and the sacrum, which involves using an X-ray machine to take two or three views and produce an image recorded on a computer or film.
What Is CPT Code 72100?
CPT code 72100 describes a radiologic examination of the lumbosacral region of the spine, including the lower part of the spine and the sacrum.
The patient lies on an X-ray table, and the technician takes two or three views of the area while being careful to prevent further injury if the examination is being done to diagnose an injury.
The X-ray machine is placed over the lower part of the spine, and the patient is asked to hold their breath while the image is taken to prevent blurring.
The examination involves using an X-ray machine to produce an image recorded on a computer or film. The procedure takes two or three images, and dense body parts such as bones appear white on the image as they absorb much radiation.
The CPT book describes CPT code 72100 as: “Radiologic examination, spine, lumbosacral; 2 or 3 views.”
The patient lies on the X–ray table in different positions while the technician takes two or three views of the lower part of the spine and the sacrum, the area that connects the spine to the pelvis.
When the X–ray is being done to diagnose an injury, care is taken to prevent further injury. The X–ray machine is placed over the lower part of the patient’s spine.
The patient is asked to hold his breath as the picture is taken so that the image is not blurred.
During the examination, an X–ray machine sends a beam of radiation through the back, and an image is recorded on a computer or particular film.
Dense body parts such as bones appear white on the X–ray image as they absorb much radiation. Two or three images are taken during this procedure.
How To Use CPT 72100
CPT 72100 includes two or three views of the lumbar spine which may include the AP (anteroposterior) view.
This means the tech takes this view from front to back through the body, a lateral view.
This is taken from the patient’s side, or a cone–down view, an additional lateral view of the spine focused more on a specific part than the standard lateral view.
The pelvis bones are superimposed over the spine in a typical lateral image. Cone–down views result in more explicit pictures and allow the radiologist better to visualize the lower lumbosacral spine and the joint space. You may see this view called the “L5/S1 spot.”
Report CPT code 72110 when the provider performs a minimum of four views of the lumbosacral spine.
Report CPT code 72114 when the provider performs a complete, or minimum of six views, of the lumbosacral spine.
Report CPT code 72120 when the provider performs two or three views, bending views only, of the lumbosacral spine.