CPT 76817 describes a transvaginal ultrasound procedure in which high-frequency sound waves are transmitted into the uterus to produce images of a developing fetus and female pelvic structures.
What Is CPT Code 76817?
CPT code 76817 describes an ultrasound procedure involving high-frequency sound waves to produce images of a developing fetus and female pelvic structures.
This type of ultrasound, known as transvaginal ultrasound, is an internal procedure that involves the insertion of a small ultrasound transducer into the vagina.
The provider applies a protective covering and gel to the transducer head, then moves it around inside the vagina to transmit ultrasound waves into the uterus and produce images received by a receiving unit.
CPT 76817 is often used to assess the development of a fetus in the womb and to examine the female pelvic organs.
The CPT book describes CPT code 76817 as: “Ultrasound, pregnant uterus, real-time with image documentation, transvaginal.”
During a pregnancy ultrasound, high-frequency sound waves pass through tissues of varying densities and reflect to a receiving unit to produce images of a developing fetus in the womb and assess its development.
The provider may also use this service to examine the female pelvic organs. Transvaginal ultrasound, a type of internal ultrasound, involves the insertion of a small ultrasound transducer into the vagina after it has been covered with a protective sheath and coated with gel.
The provider moves the transducer around inside the vagina to transmit ultrasound waves into the uterus, which the receiving unit receives and is used to create images of the developing fetus and female pelvic structures.
How To Use CPT 76817
You can use CPT code 76817 only for a transvaginal ultrasound of the pregnant uterus to examine the fetus and mother’s organs.
CPT code 76801 may be used for a transabdominal ultrasound for fetal and maternal evaluation during the first trimester, CPT 76805 for after the first trimester, CPT 76811 for a transabdominal ultrasound with additional analysis of fetal anatomy, CPT 76813 for a transabdominal or transvaginal ultrasound measuring fetal nuchal translucency,
Report CPT code 76815 for a limited ultrasound of the pregnant uterus and CPT 76816 for a transabdominal ultrasound following up on abnormal or suspect findings.
Modifiers 26 or TC may be appended to CPT code 76817 to indicate the professional or technical component but should not be used if the provider renders both components as a global service. In addition, hospitals may be exempt from modifier TC due to their inherently technical portion.
You may use CPT 76830 for a non-obstetrical transvaginal ultrasound.
Report CPT code 76817 in addition to the appropriate transabdominal exam code if a transvaginal examination is performed in addition to a transabdominal obstetrical ultrasound exam.