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Coding for whole-body MRI scans


Our facility would like to start performing a whole or full-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). For whole-body MRI scans should the unlisted CPT® code 76498 be reported, or should each individual body part scan be reported?


For a whole-body MRI, report the unlisted CPT code 76498. We recommend confirming reimbursement policies with payors prior to performing a whole-body MRI as many do not reimburse for this service, or if they do so, it is for limited diagnoses only. 

The code and full descriptions are as follows:

76498  Unlisted magnetic resonance procedure (eg, diagnostic, interventional)