June 2016 Q & A

Question: Upper Extremity Angiography with Thoracic Aortography

Using direct ultrasound guidance, the right common femoral artery was accessed with a micropuncture needle. Through this access, a 5 French sheath was placed. A flush catheter was advanced into the ascending thoracic aorta. Aortography was performed. 5 French catheter and wire were advanced into the left subclavian artery. Arteriography was performed. There was poor visualization of the arteries beyond the fistula anastomosis. 36215-59 for subclavian, 36221 for thoracic aortogram?

 

Answer:
We would use codes 36221 for the arch, 36215-59 for selecting the left subclavian artery, and 75710 for the imaging of the upper extremity arteries on the left.