Non-tunneled cath placement for CT contrast administration

May 22, 2017

Question:

Our IR department places a non-tunneled cath for CT or MRI exams on patients who no longer have access available. These lines are placed in the internal jugular vein as described here: "Under real-time ultrasound guidance, the IJV vein was accessed with a micropuncture kit, and an image documenting patency was recorded to PACS. The 5 French microcatheter was left in the right IJV. It was capped and covered with a tegaderm." We have reported codes 36556 and 77001. From other questions listed, we should be adding modifier -52 to 36556. Another suggestion is to use code 36011. What is/are the correct CPT(s) for this exam?

Question ID: 9265
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