New 2013 CPT Codes for Thyroid Nuclear Medicine

Starting January 1, 2013, 7 CPT codes for Thyroid Nuclear Medicine imaging were deleted and replaced with 3 new CPT codes while 2 new CPT codes for Parathyroid Nuclear Medicine imaging were also added.  These changes have been made in preparation for revaluation by the Relative (Value Unit) Update Committee (RUC)’s process. 

Deleted, effective January 1, 2013
• 78000  Thyroid uptake; single determination
• 78001  ……….multiple determinations
• 78003  ……….stimulation, suppression or discharge (not including initial uptake studies)
• 78006  Thyroid imaging, with uptake; single determination
• 78007  ……….multiple determinations
• 78010   Thyroid imaging; only
• 78011  ……….with vascular flow

New, effective January 1, 2013 - Thyroid
• 78012   Thyroid uptake, single or multiple quantitative measurement(s) (including stimulation, suppression, or discharge, when performed)
• 78013   Thyroid imaging (including vascular flow, when performed)
• 78014  ……….with single or multiple uptake(s) quantitative measurements(s) (including stimulation, suppression, or discharge, when performed)

New, effective January 1, 2013 - Parathyroid
• 78071  Parathyroid planar imaging (including subtraction, when performed); with tomographic (SPECT)
• 78072  Parathyroid planar imaging (including subtraction, when performed); with tomographic (SPECT), and concurrently acquired computed tomography (CT) for anatomical localization