CPT code 72141 describes an MRI of the cervical spinal canal and its contents without using contrast material. This involves capturing detailed images of the cervical spinal canal and its contents, including the vertebrae, intervertebral discs, spinal cord, and spinal nerves in the neck area.
What Is CPT Code 72141?
CPT 72141 describes a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the cervical spinal canal and its contents.
The “without contrast material” portion of the description means that the procedure will not involve any contrast agents and is used to enhance the visibility of specific structures within the body during imaging.
The 72141 procedure involves using a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of the cervical spinal canal and its contents. It includes the vertebrae, intervertebral discs, spinal cord, and spinal nerves in the neck area.
CPT 72141 is often used to diagnose and evaluate spinal cord tumors, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and other spinal abnormalities.
The CPT book describes CPT code 72141 as: “Magnetic resonance (e.g., proton) imaging, spinal canal, and contents, cervical; without contrast material.”
The patient is positioned in a supine position, lying flat on a narrow table, and then slid into a large tunnel-shaped scanner. This positioning ensures that the patient’s body is within a strong magnetic field.
During the 72141 procedure, the patient is instructed to hold their breath and remain still while the images of their cervical spine, or the vertebrae in the neck area, are taken.
The provider captures the radiofrequency signals generated by the body, and a computer then generates a series of images displayed on a monitor. The provider does not use any contrast material during the procedure.
After the images are captured, the provider reviews them and analyzes them. The provider then interprets the analysis results and prepares a written report of their findings.
This report is then used to inform the patient and other healthcare providers of any issues or abnormalities that may have been detected within the cervical spinal canal and its contents.
How To Use CPT 72141
You can use CPT code 72141 should be used for an MRI of the cervical spinal canal and its contents without the use of contrast material.
If the provider performs an MRI of the cervical spinal canal and its contents with contrast material injection, CPT code 72142 should be used instead.
If the provider administers oral or rectal contrast, the service should still be coded as “without contrast,” as these types of contrast are considered part of the radiology service.