CPT code 72197 is a magnetic resonance imaging procedure that captures images of the pelvis using a strong magnetic field and radiofrequency signals, with and without contrast material. It involves interpretation and a written report by the provider.
What Is CPT Code 72197?
The CPT book defines CPT code 72197 as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedure that involves taking images of the pelvis using a strong magnetic field and radiofrequency signals.
The patient is placed in a tunnel-shaped scanner and instructed to hold still and hold their breath while the images are taken.
The provider captures the signals and generates images showing slices of the pelvis, first without contrast material and then after injecting contrast material for improved image quality.
The provider reviews and interprets the images and prepares a written report of their findings.
The CPT book describes CPT code 72197 as: “Magnetic resonance (e.g., proton) imaging, pelvis; without contrast material(s), followed by contrast material(s) and further sequences.”
The scanning table slides the patient’s whole body into a large tunnel-shaped magnetic scanner so that the patient’s body is inside a strong magnetic field. The provider instructs the patient to hold her breath and stay still while the images are taken.
The provider captures the radiofrequency signals generated by the body, and the computer generates a series of images that displays slices of the pelvis, first without injecting contrast material and later after administering contrast via injection for better image quality.
Next, the provider reviews the images, analyzes, and interprets the results. Finally, the provider prepares a written report of his findings.
How To Use CPT 72197
Do not report CPT 72197 with codes CPT 74712 or CPT 74713. If MRI is being performed on a fetus, use CPT 74712 or CPT 74713 instead.