Craniotomy for Biopsy

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Question:

For craniotomy for tumor biopsy-not removal, would craniotomy exploratory should be used-61304 or craniectomy for brain tumor-61510?

Answer:

CPT code 61510 is specifically for a craniotomy for excision of a brain tumor and is intended for tumor resection. For a craniotomy for tumor biopsy, report code, 61304, craniectomy or craniotomy: exploratory if supratentorial and 61305 if infratentorial.