A Brief Overview Of Radiology CPT Codes


You can earn a lot of money when you work as a physician throughout the year. But it would help if you billed properly to ensure you get paid what you deserve.

That means you must understand the correct billing procedure when working with patients. If you have experience in radiology procedures, you can optimize your billings through coding.

Be sure to know your radiology CPT codes before you perform procedures to optimize your billing strategy. Here is a quick review of what you should know about these codes.


Radiology CPT Code 70010 is used when a patient needs a chest radiograph to diagnose various potential medical conditions. This could include diagnosing cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, heart failure, tuberculosis, etc.

It is a form of x-ray imaging used to evaluate organs and other structures in the chest cavity. A technician will place the patient in a special machine to perform the scan and take chest images.


In radiology, the CPT code 77080 is used to do bone densitometry, which is also called dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). This code is used to interpret and report the results of a central DXA of the lower extremities, pelvis, or spine.

The code is also for a joint exam, where several DXA images of the arm or leg are looked at. Patients may need this imaging to check for fractures, keep track of osteoporosis, and diagnose or keep track of other bone-related conditions.


CPT code 74177 is used to report an ultrasound image of the abdomen or retroperitoneum. This test is used to check the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, aorta, and other organs and structures in the abdomen.

This procedure often rules out an abdominal aortic aneurysm, intestinal obstruction, appendicitis, adhesions, and cholelithiasis. As part of the pre-procedure preparation, intravenous contrast may be given to help see organ systems.


Radiology CPT Code 72170 identifies and bills for a radiologic exam of the whole spine. This radiological exam would include at least six (6) views of the spine, including front-to-back, side-to-side, and oblique views.

Depending on the patient’s condition and what the radiologist thinks is best, the patient may need more views. Some of these other views of the spine are flexion/extension, more oblique, and other views of the spine. Most of the time, radiographs or other imaging methods are used to do radiology procedures.


The radiology CPT code 78452 is used for nuclear medicine studies that only look at the thyroid, salivary glands, and pelvis using planar imaging. This code is often used to figure out what’s wrong with things like tumors or infections in these areas.

Most of the time, imaging is done by injecting or swallowing radioactive tracers. By watching where the tracers go, radiologists can determine the shape and size of these organs in the body and decide if they need more testing or treatment.

Suppose you don’t know all of the American Medical Association’s radiology CPT codes. In that case, you should use a medical billing service for radiologists, so you don’t have to try to remember them all.

Understanding the Most Common Radiology CPT Codes

Radiology CPT codes are necessary for accurate billing and reimbursements in radiology. It is important to understand these codes well to maximize utilization.

Providers should double-check medical records and CPT codes to ensure accuracy. For more information on Radiology Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes, consult a certified medical coding professional.

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