Home » Categories » Imaging/Radiology Coding

MR Shoulder Arthrography


We have an order for an MRI with contrast of a shoulder joint.  Our radiology department charges CPT#23350 Shoulder arthrogram injection, CPT#73040 Shoulder arthrogram, 73222-RT MRI-upper ext, joint W/ contrast.  Is this the correct coding?  They do perform the arthrogram and report it, but I was wondering if we need to have an order for it?


I found two sources that indicated it was rare for a conventional arthrogram to be reported with a MR arthrography.  The most common coding for MR arthrography would be 73222 and 23350 for the shoulder injection.  If the injection was done under fluoro guidance, 77002 can be added.  If a formal diagnostic joint arthrography is done in addition to the MR arthrography, there should be a separate order for this separate diagnostic test.

Disclaimer: All articles intended for general guidance only and not as a recommendation for a specific situation. Readers should consult an official source (AHA, AMA, etc.) or a qualified attorney for specific legal guidance.
Attachments Attachments
There are no attachments for this article.
Related Articles RSS Feed
Viewed 1869 times since Wed, Nov 17, 2010
Nuclear Medicine-Myocardial SPECT
Viewed 1536 times since Wed, Feb 9, 2011
Screening and Diagnostic Mammogram on Same Day
Viewed 3358 times since Wed, Nov 17, 2010
CT Abdomen and Pelvis
Viewed 1627 times since Wed, Nov 17, 2010
MRA Lower Extremities
Viewed 6270 times since Wed, Apr 20, 2011
Post Central Line Insertion Chest X Ray
Viewed 7513 times since Wed, Feb 23, 2011
MRI’s and Contrast Injection
Viewed 4485 times since Mon, Feb 14, 2011
Bilateral Modifier For Radiological Exams
Viewed 5176 times since Fri, Feb 25, 2011
Transvaginal and Pelvic Sonogram
Viewed 1583 times since Thu, Mar 10, 2011
Coding Multiple Levels of Spine During Surgery one View
Viewed 1336 times since Thu, Dec 20, 2012
Quorum Health Resources, LLC :: 105 Continental Place Brentwood, TN 37027 :: Phone: (615) 371-4506