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CPT 78452 | Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Study With SPECT

CPT 78452 is used for billing a myocardial perfusion imaging study with SPECT to assess blood flow to the heart and identify areas of poor blood supply. The procedure may be performed multiple times under different conditions and may include additional quantification.

What Is CPT Code 78452

CPT code 78452 describes a myocardial perfusion imaging study using SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography).

The 78452 procedure uses a small amount of a radioactive substance injected into the patient’s bloodstream and collected in the non-damaged tissues of the heart.

The SPECT camera captures detailed images of the heart’s blood flow, which can help healthcare providers assess the blood flow to the heart and identify areas of poor blood supply.

The procedure may be performed multiple times under different conditions, such as at rest, during exercise, or after medication administration, to ensure the accuracy of the images.

CPT 78452 also includes the option for additional quantification, such as wall motion or ejection fraction, to be performed as part of the study.

CPT code 78452 is often used to diagnose and manage cardiovascular conditions and to develop personalized treatment plans for the patient.

Description

The CPT book describes CPT code 78452 as: “Myocardial perfusion imaging, tomographic (SPECT) (including attenuation correction, qualitative or quantitative wall motion, ejection fraction by first pass or gated technique, additional quantification, when performed); multiple studies, at rest and/or stress (exercise or pharmacologic) and/or redistribution and/or rest reinjection.”

Procedure

Single photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) is a medical imaging technique that uses a radioactive substance and a special camera to create three-dimensional images of the heart.

It is often used to assess the blood flow to the heart and can help to identify areas of poor blood supply.

To perform a SPECT scan, the patient may be asked to exercise on a treadmill or bike or may be given medication to dilate the blood vessels and increase blood flow to the heart.

The healthcare provider will inject a small amount of a radioactive substance into the patient’s bloodstream. This substance collects in the heart’s nonischemic (non-damaged) tissues and allows the SPECT camera to capture detailed images of the heart’s blood flow.

To ensure that the images are as accurate as possible, the provider may perform multiple SPECT studies under different conditions.

For example, the patient may undergo one study while resting and another while experiencing stress.

Sometimes, the provider may administer a second radionuclide injection during the resting phase and immediately take additional SPECT images to assess the heart’s blood supply further.

SPECT is a valuable tool for diagnosing and managing various cardiovascular conditions, including coronary artery disease, heart attacks, and heart failure. It allows healthcare providers to identify areas of the heart that may be at risk for damage or malfunction and to develop personalized treatment plans to help improve the patient’s overall cardiovascular health.

How To Use CPT 78452

CPT code 78452 should not be reported in conjunction with any of the following codes: CPT 78800, CPT 78801, CPT 78802, CPT 78803, CPT 78804, CPT 78830, CPT 78831, CPT 78832, or CPT 78835.

You may use CPT code 0742T for “absolute quantification of myocardial blood flow (AQMBF) with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT).”

If the provider uses Technicium-99m in any form during the procedure, HCPCS codes A9500 to A9505 should be used. If the provider performs a single SPECT study, CPT code 78451 should be used.

In instances where one provider supervises the radiology service, and another provider interprets it, both providers should report the radiology code and append modifier 52 (reduced service) to indicate a reduced level of service. In addition, modifier 26 (professional component) should also be appended to the code to report only the professional component of the service.

If you report only the professional component of CPT code 78452, you should append modifier 26 to the claim.

If you report only the technical component of CPT code 78452, you should append the modifier TC.

However, some payer policies may exempt hospitals from appending modifier TC as the hospital’s portion of the service is inherently technical.

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  1. Gregg L. Friedman MD says:

    Excellent article on Myocardial perfusion with SPECT scan. 5 Stars. By Gregg L. Friedman MD

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