CPT code 76536 can be used for real-time ultrasound examination of the soft tissues of the head and neck (such as the thyroid, parathyroid, and parotid glands) with image documentation.
What Is CPT Code 76536?
CPT code 76536 refers to a specific procedure performed using ultrasound technology.
The procedure examines the soft tissues of the head and neck, such as the thyroid, parathyroid, and parotid glands.
The examination is performed in real-time, meaning that the images are produced and viewed as the ultrasound transducer moves over the area being examined.
The procedure is performed with image documentation because the images produced during the examination are recorded and stored for later review.
This allows for further analysis and documentation of the examination results, as well as the ability to compare the results to any future examinations that may be conducted.
The CPT book describes CPT code 76536 as: “Ultrasound, soft tissues of head and neck (e.g., thyroid, parathyroid, parotid), real-time with image documentation.”
The provider conducts an ultrasound examination of the soft tissues in the head and neck region in real-time.
The procedure begins by positioning the patient on a medical table supine (lying face-up).
The physician then applies a special gel to the area of the neck that is being examined. This gel is used to enhance the conductance of the ultrasound waves.
Using a handheld transducer, the physician moves it over the gel-covered area of the neck.
The transducer emits sound waves that penetrate the skin and tissue, reflecting the transducer.
These reflected sound waves are then sent to a nearby computer and converted into images. These images are immediately displayed on a monitor for the physician to view and assess.
After the examination, the physician stores the images for later review. This allows for further analysis and documentation of the examination results, as well as the ability to compare the results to any future examinations that may be conducted.