Renal Angiogram Coding

Renal Angiogram Coding

January 9, 2020

Question:
Is catheterization separately reported with renal angiograms?

Answer:
No. The renal angiogram codes, see table below, include all catherization.  The codes are selected by order of catheterization and as unilateral or bilateral.  Also, remember that a flush aortogram is included in the renal angiogram codes and not separately reported.

CPT Code Description
36251 Selective catheter placement (first-order), main renal artery and any accessory renal artery(s) for renal angiography, including arterial puncture and catheter placement(s), fluoroscopy, contrast injection(s), image postprocessing, permanent recording of images, and radiological supervision and interpretation, including pressure gradient measurements when performed, and flush aortogram when performed; unilateral
36252 bilateral
36253 Superselective catheter placement (one or more second order or higher renal artery branches) renal artery and any accessory renal artery(s) for renal angiography, including arterial puncture, catheterization, fluoroscopy, contrast injection(s), image postprocessing, permanent recording of images, and radiological supervision and interpretation, including pressure gradient measurements when performed, and flush aortogram when performed; unilateral

  • Do not report 36253 in conjunction with 36251 when performed for the same kidney.
36254 bilateral

*This response is based on the best information available as of 01/09/20.

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