CPT-MRIDiagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) has long touted the encouragement for people to inquire and know about the CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) code that pertains to a medical exam, procedure or service that they are recommended to have.

However, other national resources are also recommending this to people as healthcare consumers. You have the right to know this code and with it, you can do two very important things with it.

Every medical, diagnostic, or surgical procedure or service has an associated 5-digit CPT code assigned to it. As an example in medical imaging, CPT code 72141 is for an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging ) of the cervical spine without the use of a contrast dye. Common reasons a physician would recommend this type of MRI exam are neck, arm and/or shoulder pain, numbness, degenerative disk disease and herniated disk.

This code is universally used among all health and medical providers. It is a code that is eventually used to bill for services. In the world of screening and diagnostic testing, a provider such as Diagnostic Imaging Services would not be able to move forward with any exam unless we had the correct CPT code.

For DIS, a CPT code is often provided by the medical provider. In other circumstances, the medical provider will give us the exam to perform and we, in turn, will assign the proper CPT code to it.

Become informed and understand better why you need to know this code. Understand better why you should request – if not demand – the code if your medical provider is not offering it to you. Diagnostic Imaging Services will do everything we can to provide the correct code information to you, upon your request.

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