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)