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Timing of obstetric transvaginal ultrasound

December 2003 · Vol. 15, No. 12
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<huc>Q</huc> Can the code for obstetric transvaginal ultrasound be used any time during the patient’s pregnancy?

<huc>A</huc> Yes. The code 76817 (ultrasound, pregnant uterus, real time with image documentation, transvaginal) does not specify a gestational period, unlike the new and revised codes 76801–76810 (for fetal and maternal evaluation either prior to or later than 14 weeks, 0 days of gestation). Thus, 76817 can be used at any time.

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