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DRG9: Nuclear Medicine


  AAPC - 3, AHIMA - 5, RCCB - 5, ARRT - 2.75

This online learning course prepares coders working in the physician practice or hospital outpatient setting to assign procedure codes for diagnostic nuclear medicine services other than PET. (PET studies are covered in course DRG8.) The course discusses coding guidelines, modifier use, documentation requirements, and bundling issues. It includes exercises and actual radiology reports for hands-on learning. At the completion of the course, a scored assessment tests the learner’s comprehension of the material.  This course will take most users about 6 hours to complete.  Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Procedure techniques 
  • Billing for diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals 
  • Thyroid and parathyroid studies
  • Liver, spleen, and biliary studies 
  • Bone scans 
  • Myocardial perfusion imaging and blood pool studies 
  • Lung scans 
  • I-123 ioflupane studies 
  • Renal scans 
  • Tumor and abscess localization studies

Physician practices, hospitals, free-standing imaging centers, healthcare consultants, billing companies, coding companies, legal healthcare practices.

Please see the CEU Table for more details.