CPT code 71275 is used for billing for computed tomographic angiography of the chest with contrast material(s) and image post-processing, including reviewing, interpreting, and reporting on the results.
What Is CPT Code 71275?
CPT 71275 is used for billing for computed tomographic angiography of the chest (noncoronary) with contrast material(s), including non-contrast images if performed and image post-processing.
The procedure involves inserting an IV line and contrast material, taking cross-sectional images of the chest, storing and reconstructing the images for therapeutic analysis, and reviewing, interpreting, and reporting on the results.
In some cases, images may be taken without contrast material. The provider also oversees post-processing image reconstruction.
The CPT book describes CPT code 71275 as: “Computed tomographic angiography, chest (noncoronary), with contrast material(s), including noncontrast images, if performed, and image post-processing.”
When the patient is appropriately positioned and sedated, the provider instructs the patient to remain motionless during the procedure.
The provider inserts an intravenous or IV line and injects contrast material at a controlled rate with the help of an automatic injection pump connected to the IV.
He then takes cross-sectional images of the chest and examines them on a computer monitor. The provider stores these images and reconstructs them later for therapeutic analysis. In some situations, the provider may also take images without using contrast material.
He also oversees post-processing image reconstruction that a technician performs.
Next, the provider reviews the chest images, analyzes, and interprets the results. Finally, the provider prepares a report of his findings.
How To Use CPT 71275
Use CPT 71275 when the provider performs CT angiography of the chest with contrast material and image post-processing. The 71275 CPT code also includes non-contrast images when the provider performs them.
When the provider administers oral or rectal contrast, you should code the service as without contrast because the radiology service includes oral and rectal contrast.
To assign a code whose descriptor includes contrast, the contrast must be intravascular, intraarticular, or intrathecal.