Report CPT 93306 if a provider used transducers to create 2D images aorta, adjacent valves, the four chambers, and the wall of the patient’s heart.
1. What Is CPT Code 93306?
CPT 93306 can be used for 2D (two–dimensional) images of the patient’s heart structures through the chest wall using transducers. The provider evaluates the function and anatomy of the aorta, the four chambers, the adjacent valves, and the wall of the heart.
The technical and professional components are included in this service.
The CPT book describes CPT 93306: “Echocardiography, transthoracic, real-time with image documentation (2D), includes M-mode recording, when performed, complete, with spectral Doppler echocardiography, and with color flow Doppler echocardiography.”
When the patient is appropriately prepped, the provider applies a gel and places a small transducer on the chest wall.
The probe generates high–frequency sound waves that bounce off the heart back to the probe, which is connected to a monitor that displays the images of the heart.
The gel helps the provider move the probe in different directions on the chest to obtain images of the heart.
Standard views for a complete echocardiogram include subcostal, apical, parasternal, and suprasternal.
M–mode recording detects heart motion toward and away from the transducer to evaluate the volume of blood being pumped by the heart.
Spectral and color–flow Doppler evaluates the blood flowing through the heart valves and demonstrates any leaks.
This is a comprehensive exam in which multiple views are obtained, and measurements are taken to assess the anatomy and function of the heart.
4. How To Use CPT 93306
Do not report CPT code 93306 for transthoracic echocardiography without spectral and color Doppler. You can use CPT 93307 instead because CPT 93306 requires spectral and color Doppler.