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CPT Code 76942 | Ultrasonic Guidance For Needle Placement

CPT 76942 describes ultrasonic guidance for needle placement. This technique utilizes high-frequency sound waves to visualize the body’s internal structures to guide the needle to the precise location of the tissue to be biopsied, aspirated, injected, or a localization device to be placed.

What Is CPT Code 76942?

CPT 76942 describes a medical service known as ultrasonic guidance for needle placement. The procedure involves using ultrasonography. This medical imaging technique utilizes sound waves of frequencies higher than the range of human hearing, typically above 20 kHz, to visualize the body’s internal structures.

As the sound waves pass through the body, they are reflected at different speeds depending on the type of tissue they encounter, such as bone or muscle. These reflected waves are then captured and converted into images.

CPT 76942 includes the cost of “imaging supervision and interpretation”. This means the medical professional (such as the radiologist) interpreting the images and supervising the guidance of the procedure will be billed separately.

The ultrasound guidance procedure with interpretation and supervision can be used in various procedures like needle biopsy, pleural or joint aspirations, central venous catheterizations, needle localization of non-palpable breast lesions, and many more.

Description

The CPT book describes CPT code 76942 as: “Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (e.g., biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation.”

Procedure

Ultrasonography is a medical imaging technique that utilizes sound waves of frequencies higher than the range of human hearing, typically above 20 kHz, to visualize the body’s internal structures.

As the sound waves pass through the body, they are reflected at different speeds depending on the type of tissue they encounter, such as bone or muscle. These reflected waves are then captured and converted into images.

During the 76942 procedure, physicians use ultrasonography to guide the needle to the precise location of the tissue to be biopsied and ensure that the needle is placed accurately, minimizing the risk of damage to surrounding tissues.

How To Use CPT 76942

Do not use CPT code 76942 with the following CPT codes: CPT 10004, CPT 10005, CPT 10006, CPT 10021, CPT 10030, CPT 19083, CPT 19285, CPT 20604, CPT 20606, CPT 20611, CPT 27096, CPT 32408, CPT 32554, CPT 32555, CPT 32556, CPT 32557, CPT 37760, CPT 37761, CPT 43232, CPT 43237, CPT 43242, CPT 45341, CPT 45342, CPT 46948, CPT 55874, CPT 64415, CPT 64416, CPT 64417, CPT 64445, CPT 64446, CPT 64447, CPT 64448, CPT 64479, CPT 64480, CPT 64483, CPT 64484, CPT 64490, CPT 64491, CPT 64493, CPT 64494, CPT 64495, CPT 76975, CPT 0213T, CPT 0214T, CPT 0215T, CPT 0216T, CPT 0217T, CPT 0218T, CPT 0232T, CPT 0481T, or CPT 0582T.

You may use CPT 0232T for harvesting, preparation, and injection[s] of platelet-rich plasma.

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