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Pediatric Full-body DEXA Scan

January 25, 2017
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Question:

We have a company that would like us to provide a full-body DEXA on a pediatric patient. We are having difficulty determining what CPT would be appropriate for that. Can you tell us that?

Answer:

There is no CPT code to report a full-body DXA scan. This procedure should be reported using the unlisted code 76499 – Unlisted diagnostic radiographic procedure.

CPT parenthetical guidelines for CPT codes 77080/77081 state, “For dual energy x-ray absorptiometry [DXA] body composition study, use 76499.”

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