Posted on 20. Feb, 2009 by in Hot Coding Topics
Interventional radiology coders: If you see the term ‘roadmapping’ in a note, that means the physician has superimposed a stored image upon a current image, explains Coding Institute speaker Betty Johnson.
Roadmapping helps doctors view blood vessels, because a stored image of a vessel filled with contrast material can be superimposed on a catheter image made during fluoroscopy.
Don’t Get Lost: Some physicians use the term ‘roadmapping’ much more generally. In their notes, ‘roadmapping’ doesn’t involve superimposing one image upon another, but simply looking around with the fluoroscope to get the lay of the land, warns Johnson. Make sure you understand exactly what your interventional radiologists mean when they use the term.
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