Excision of Breast Mass With Localization Wires

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May 15, 2014

Question:

Our surgeon placed localization wires and then excised the breast mass. We are not sure how to report the services with the new codes. Can you advise?

Answer:

The placement of the localization wires will be found in the new codes, 19281-19288 depending on the type of image guidance. The excision of the lesion will be reported with 19125 based on the information provided.