CPT code 74176 describes a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis without contrast material.
What Is CPT Code 74176?
CPT code 74176 describes a computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen and pelvis performed without using contrast material.
CT scans are diagnostic imaging tests that use X-rays and computer technology to produce detailed images of the internal organs and structures of the body.
During a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis, the patient lies on a table and is moved through a ring-shaped machine.
The machine uses X-rays to produce detailed images of the abdominal and pelvic organs and structures, including the liver, pancreas, kidneys, and reproductive organs.
The CPT book describes CPT code 74176 as: “Computed tomography, abdomen, and pelvis; without contrast material.”
The patient is placed in a supine position on the scanner table and instructed to hold their breath and remain still for a short time while the provider takes the images.
The scanner, using X-ray beams and electronic detectors, rotates around the patient to measure the amount of radiation absorbed by the abdomen and pelvis. At the same time, the table moves through the scanner to capture images from multiple views.
These images are then displayed on a monitor screen. This procedure represents the technical and professional components of the service.
How To Use CPT 74176
You can use CPT code 74176 if the provider performed computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen and pelvis without using contrast material. However, if contrast material is used, you can use CPT code 74177 instead.
You can use CPT code 74178 if the scan was done with and without contrast.
For combinations of CT of the abdomen with CT of the pelvis performed at the same session, you should use the appropriate codes from the table and do not bill for more than one CT of the abdomen or CT of the pelvis for any session.