Complete Ultrasound CPT Codes List and Reimbursement Rates

If you are performing Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in your department and have an official review process (QA/QI), then you should really consider coding and billing for your ultrasound scans. This will require knowledge of the different ultrasound CPT codes and how much you may potentially bill and get reimbursed. Below I have tables with CPT codes listed and approximately reimbursement rates to get you started.

CPT® five-digit codes, nomenclature, and other data are Copyright American Medical Association. Ultrasound Reimbursement Rates are approximate and based on the National Average of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. (I can not guarantee the accuracy of all reimbursement rates, please double-check yourself if needed).

The Ultrasound CPT Codes and Reimbursement lists below are completely searchable and sortable by column to make it easier for you to find any ultrasound CPT Code.

Definition of Professional versus Technical Fees/Payments For Ultrasound CPT Codes and Reimbursement

We hear “Professional” versus “Technical” fees and payments all of the time. It may seem confusing sometimes but it’s actually pretty simple. I wanted to go over the differences between them before you start looking at the CPT code list.

Professional Fees or Payment of a charge covers the cost of the PHYSICIAN or PROVIDER’s professional services. Basically you are charging for your time and expertise for performing the ultrasound exam. For the most part, you should be able to bill for this, assuming you have a process to archive and QA/QI your scans. The Professional Fee/Payment will be received by your physician group directly.

The Technical Fees or Payment of a charge addresses the use of the equipment, facilities, non-physician medical staff, supplies, etc. Basically it is the fees for the equipment cost. Usually, this payment will go to the hospital or institution that purchased the ultrasound machines. Unfortunately, many institutions don’t realize the importance of billing for technical fees and only bill for professional fees. However, we’ve found in our practice that billing for technical fees is very important when it comes time to purchase new ultrasound machines. If you can show the hospital that you are generating revenue for them through technical fees it is much easier to get them to put new ultrasound machines in the budget!

Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) CPT Codes List and Reimbursement Rates

These are the most common Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) CPT Codes and Reimbursement Rates. I put in the non-technical version of the study in the first column so it would be easier for you to use and browse through.

Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Diagnostic Exam CPT Codes List

Ultrasound StudyCPT CodeCPT Code DescriptionProfessional PaymentTechnical PaymentTotal/Global Payment
eFAST Scan: Cardiac, Lung, Abdomen93308, 76604, 7670593308: Echocardiography, transthoracic, real-time with image documentation (2D), includes M-mode recording, when performed, follow-up or limited study; 76705: Ultrasound, abdominal, real time with image documentation; limited (eg, single organ, quadrant, follow-up); 76604: Ultrasound, chest, B-scan (includes mediastinum) and/or real time with image documentation$83.46$241.81$325.30
Cardiac93308Echocardiography, transthoracic, real time with image documentation (2D) includes M-mode recording when performed; follow up or limited$26.15$99.60$125.76
Thoracic/Pulmonary76604Ultrasound, chest (includes mediastinum), real time with image documentation$27.58$61.97$89.56
Gallbladder76705Ultrasound, abdominal, real time with image documentation limited (e.g., single organ, quadrant, follow-up)$29.73$80.24$109.98
Kidney/Renal76775Ultrasound retroperitoneal (e.g., renal, aorta, nodes), real time with image documentation; limited$29.52$29.88$59.40
Aorta (AAA)76775Ultrasound retroperitoneal (e.g., renal, aorta, nodes), real time with image documentation; limited$29.52$29.88$59.40
Focused DVT Study93971Duplex scan of extremity veins including responses to compression and other maneuvers; unilateral or limited study (DVT Ultrasound)$22.93$91.71$114.63
MSK/Soft Tissue76882Ultrasound, extremity, nonvascular, real-time with image documentation; limited, anatomic specific$25.20$33.84$59.04
Pregnant Transabdominal76815Ultrasound, pregnant uterus, real time with image documentation, limited (e.g., fetal heart beat, placental location, fetal position and/or qualitative amniotic fluid volume), one or more fetuses$33.48$53.28$86.76
Pregnant Transvaginal76817Ultrasound, pregnant uterus, real time with image documentation, transvaginal$38.88$60.84$99.72
Non-pregnant Transvaginal (ovaries, uterus, pelvic)76830Ultrasound, transvaginal (Non-Obstetrical)$35.64$89.64$125.28
Post Void Residual (Bladder)76857Ultrasound, pelvic (non-obstetric), or real time with image documentation; limited or follow-up$25.56$24.12$49.68

Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Ultrasound-Guided Procedures CPT Codes List

Ultrasound StudyCPT CodeCPT Code DescriptionProfessional PaymentTechnical PaymentTotal/Global Payment
Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access (PIV, Central Line, etc)76937Ultrasonic guidance for vascular access requiring ultrasound evaluation of potential access sites, documentation of selected vessel patency, concurrent real time ultrasound visualization of vascular needle entry, with permanent recording and reporting; Additional CPT code: 36400, 36410, 36555, 36556, 36568, 36569$14.76$17.28$32.04
Ultrasound-Guided Thoracentesis76942Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (e.g., biopsy, aspiration, injection localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation; Additional CPT code: 32421$33.12$28.08$61.20
Ultrasound-Guided Paracentesis76942Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (eg, biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation; Additional CPT code: 49080$33.12$28.08$61.20
Ultrasound-Guided Abscess Drainage76942Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (eg, biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation; Additional CPT code: 10160 or 10161$33.12$28.08$61.20
Ultrasound-Guided Peritonsillar Abscess Drainage76942Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (eg, biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation; Additional CPT code: 42700$33.12$28.08$61.20
Ultrasound-Guided Foreign Body Removal76942Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (eg, biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation; Additional CPT code: 10120 or 10121$33.12$28.08$61.20
Ultrasound-Guided Suprapubic Aspiration76942Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (eg, biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation; Additional CPT code: 51100$33.12$28.08$61.20
Ultrasound-Guided Lumbar Puncture76942Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (eg, biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation; Additional CPT code: 62270$33.12$28.08$61.20
Ultrasound-Guided Joint Aspiration76942Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (eg, biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation; Additional CPT code: 20600, 20605, or 20610$33.12$28.08$61.20
Ultrasound-Guided Pericardiocentesis76930Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (eg, biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation; Additional CPT code: 33010$33.12$28.08$61.20

Add-on CPT Codes for Ultrasound-Guided Procedures

CPT CODECPT CODE DESCRIPTION
10120INCISION AND REMOVAL FOREIGN BODY SIMPLE
10121INCISION AND REMOVAL FOREIGN BODY COMPLICATED
10160INCISION AND DRAINAGE OF ABSCESS SIMPLE
10061INCISION AND DRAINAGE OF ABSCESS COMPLICATED
20600ARTHROCENTSIS SMALL JOINT
20605ARTHOCENTESIS MEDIUM JOINT
20610ARTHROCENTSIS LARGE JOINT
32421THORACENTESIS, PUNCTURE OF PLEURAL CAVITY FOR ASPIRATION, INITIAL OR SUBSEQUENT
33010PERICARDIOCENTESIS, INITIAL
36400VENIPUNCTURE REQUIRING PHYSICIAN SKILL AGE < 3 YO
36410VENIPUNCTURE REQUIRING PHYSICIAN SKILL AGE >3 YO
36555INSERTION OF NON-TUNNELED CENTRAL VENOUS CATHETER AGE < 5 YO
36556INSERTION OF A NON-TUNNELED CENTRAL VENOUS CATHETER AGE > 5 YO
36557INSERTION OF A PERIPHERALLY INSERTED NON-TUNNELED CENTRAL VENOUS CATHETER AGE <5 YO
36558INSERTION OF A PERIPHERALLY INSERTED NON-TUNNELED CENTRAL VENOUS CATHETER AGE > 5YO
49080ABDOMINAL PARACENTESIS
51100ASPIRATION OF BLADDER BY NEEDLE

Pulmonary Ultrasound CPT Codes List and Reimbursement Rates

CPT CodeCPT Code DescriptorProfessional PaymentTechnical PaymentTotal/Global Payment
76604Ultrasound, chest (includes mediastinum), real time with image documentation$27.58$61.97$89.55
32555Thoracentesis, needle or catheter, aspiration of the pleural space, with image guidance$117.14$117.14
32557Pleural drainage, percutaneous, with insertion of indwelling catheter, with image guidance$171.59$171.59

Ultrasound CPT Codes List for Echocardiogram and Cardiac Ultrasound

CPT CodeCPT Code DescriptorProfessional PaymentTechnical PaymentTotal/Global Payment
93306Echocardiography, transthoracic, real time with image documentation (2D) includes M-mode recording when performed; complete, with spectral Doppler and color flow Doppler.$64.49$165.52$230.02
93307Echocardiography, transthoracic, real time with image documentation (2D) includes M-mode recording when performed; complete, without spectral Doppler or color flow Doppler.$45.86$85.63$131.49
93308Echocardiography, transthoracic, real time with image documentation (2D) includes M-mode recording when performed; follow up or limited$26.15$99.60$125.76
93303Transthoracic echocardiography for congenital cardiac anomalies, complete$64.85$175.91$240.76
93304Transthoracic echocardiography for congenital cardiac anomalies, follow-up or limited$37.26$119.31$157.28
93350Echocardiography, transthoracic, real-time with image documentation (2D, with or without M-mode recording), during rest and cardiovascular stress test using treadmill, bicycle exercise and/or pharmacologically induced stress, with interpretation and report$72.01$170.90$242.91
93320Doppler Echocardiography, pulsed wave and/or continuous wave with spectral display (List separately in addition to codes for 2D echocardiographic imaging); complete.$18.63$36.90$54.82
93321Doppler Echocardiography, pulsed wave and/or continuous wave with spectral display (List separately in addition to codes for 2D echocardiographic imaging); follow up or limited.$7.52$20.06$27.59
93325Doppler echocardiography color flow velocity mapping (List separately in addition to codes for echocardiography)$3.22$22.57$25.80

Surgery Ultrasound CPT Codes List and Reimbursement Rates

CPT CodeCPT Code DescriptorProfessional PaymentTechnical PaymentTotal/Global Payment
76536Ultrasound of soft tissues of head and neck (e.g., thyroid, parathyroid, parotid), real time with image documentation$28.66$94.93$123.59
76645Ultrasound, breast(s) (unilateral or bilateral), real time with image documentation$27.94$72.00$99.95
76705Ultrasound, abdominal, real time with image documentation limited (e.g., single organ, quadrant, follow-up)$29.73$80.24$109.98
76942Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (e.g., biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation$34.03$40.12$74.15
76998Ultrasonic guidance, intraoperative$65.91No Payment$65.91
93880Duplex scan of extracranial arteries; complete bilateral study$30.45$161.56$192.01
93882unilateral or limited study$20.78$103.53$124.31
93970Duplex scan of extremity veins including responses to compression and other maneuvers; complete bilateral study$35.82$152.96$188.79
93971unilateral or limited study$22.93$91.71$114.63
G0365Vessel mapping of vessels for hemodialysis access (Services for preoperative vessel mapping prior to creation of hemodialysis access using an autogenous hemodialysis conduit, including arterial inflow and venous outflow)$12.54$190.84$203.38
10022Fine needle aspiration; with imaging guidance$141.14$67.35$208.49
19000Puncture aspiration of cyst of breast$113.20$45.14$158.34
19083Biopsy, breast, with placement of breast localization device(s) when performed and imaging of biopsy specimen, when performed, percutaneous; first lesion, including ultrasound guidance$677.14$100.71$777.85
19084each additional lesion$543.43$83.83$627.26
19285Placement of breast localization device(s), percutaneous;, first lesion, including ultrasound guidance$472.14$89.92$562.06
19286each additional lesion$395.84$43.35$439.19
60100Biopsy, thyroid, percutaneous core needle$114.99$81.68$196.67

Vascular Surgery Ultrasound CPT Codes List and Reimbursement Rates

CPT CodeCPT Code DescriptorProfessional PaymentTechnical PaymentTotal/Global Payment
76998Ultrasonic guidance, intraoperative$65.91No Payment$65.91
93880Duplex scan of extracranial arteries; complete bilateral study$30.45$161.56$192.01
93882Duplex scan of extracranial arteries; unilateral or limited study $172.21$20.78$103.53$124.31
93886Transcranial Doppler study of the intracranial arteries complete study$49.08$190.84$239.92
93888Transcranial Doppler study of the intracranial arteries limited study$31.88$90.05$121.93
93925Duplex scan of lower extremity arteries or arterial bypass grafts, complete bilateral study$40.48$190.84$231.32
93926Duplex scan of lower extremity arteries or arterial bypass grafs, unilateral or limited study$25.43$116.78$142.22
93970Duplex scan of extremity veins including responses to compression and other maneuvers; complete bilateral study$35.82$152.96$188.79
93971Duplex scan of extremity veins including responses to compression and other maneuvers; unilateral or limited study$22.93$91.71$114.63
93975Duplex scan of arterial inflow and venous outflow ofabdominal, pelvic, scrotal contents and or retroperitoneal organs; complete study$90.99$190.84$281.83
93976Duplex scan ofarterial inflow and venous outflow of abdominal, pelvic, scrotal contents and or retroperitoneal organs; limited study$61.62$151.89$213.50
93978Duplex scan of aorta, inferior vena cava, iliac vasculature, or bypass grafts, complete study$32.96$190.84$223.80
93979Duplex scan of aorta, inferior vena cava, iliac vasculature, or bypass grafts; unilateral or limited study$21.85$134.57$156.42
93980Duplex scan ofarterial inflow and venous outflow of penile vessels; complete study$63.05$60.54$123.59
93981Duplex scan of arterial inflow and venous outflow of penile vessels; follow-up or limited study$22.21$52.66$74.87
93990Duplex scan of hemodialysis access (including arterial inflow, body of access and venous outflow)$12.90$134.57$147.47
G0365Vessel mapping of vessels for hemodialysis access (Services for preoperative vessel mapping prior to creation of hemodialysis access using an autogenous hemodialysis conduit, including arterial inflow and venous outflow)$12.54$190.84$203.38
G0389Ultrasound, real time with image documentation; for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening.$29.37$36.90$66.27

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