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CPT 93350 | Transthoracic Echocardiography With Cardiovascular Stress Testing

CPT 93350 describes a specific type of echocardiography procedure that involves using a probe on the chest wall to produce ultrasound images of the heart during both rest and cardiovascular stress testing with interpretation and report and includes real-time imaging with image documentation, and M-mode recording.

What Is CPT Code 93350?

CPT code 93350 describes a specific type of echocardiography procedure. Echocardiography is a non-invasive test that uses ultrasound to create images of the heart.

This specific code covers the use of transthoracic echocardiography, which involves using a probe on the chest wall to produce ultrasound images of the heart.

The procedure includes real-time imaging with image documentation, and M-mode recording is performed.

The procedure is done during both rest and cardiovascular stress testing, which can be done using a treadmill, stationary bicycle, or pharmacological stress. The interpretation and report of the procedure are also included in the code.

Description

The CPT book describes CPT code 93350 as: “Echocardiography, transthoracic, real-time with image documentation (2D), includes M-mode recording, when performed, during rest and cardiovascular stress test using a treadmill, bicycle exercise and/or pharmacologically induced stress, with interpretation and report.”

Procedure

During the transthoracic echocardiography procedure, the provider applies a gel to the chest and places a small probe on the chest wall.

The probe uses ultrasound to create an M-mode image, which captures the one-dimensional motion and position of the heart and its chambers on a paper strip. This is known as two-dimensional motion.

The provider records a series of images of the heart while the patient is at rest and then again while the patient exercises on a treadmill or stationary bike.

The procedure may be performed with or without medication, and the images can be recorded in videotape and digital formats that allow for review as a sequence of frames. The digital images can be stored on floppy disks for future reference.

The provider also prepares a report that includes the duration of stress, the reason for stopping the test, the hemodynamic stress response, and the echocardiographic response to stress.

How To Use CPT 93350

CPT code 93350 contains the technical and professional components. You may use modifier TC with 93350 when you report the technical component only and modifier 26 when reporting the professional component of CPT code 93350.

You can not report CPT 93350 with CPT 93015.

Report the stress testing codes CPT 93016, CPT 93017, and CPT 93018 with CPT code 93350 to capture the cardiovascular stress portion of the study when necessary.

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