General Guidelines for Ordering Computed Tomography 1

































































Without IV Contrast With IV Contrast With and Without IV Contrast
Head (Procedure code 70450)


  • Trauma



  • Bleed

(Procedure code 70460)


  • Soft-tissue mass



  • Known brain lesion



  • Metastases

Sinus/Face (Procedure code
70486)


  • Trauma



  • Fracture



  • Sinusitis

(Procedure code 70487)


  • Soft-tissue mass

Temporal Bones/Orbits (Procedure code
70480)


  • Hearing loss



  • Orbit fracture



  • Mastoiditis



  • Cholesteatoma

(Procedure code 70481)


  • Soft-tissue mass

Neck (Procedure code
70490)


  • Stones

(Procedure code 70491)


  • Mass



  • Difficulty swallowing

(Procedure code 70492)
Spine Cervical
(Procedure code 72125)


  • Stenosis



  • Pain



  • Fracture

Thoracic
(Procedure code 72128)


  • Stenosis



  • Pain



  • Fracture

Lumbar
(Procedure code 72131)


  • Stenosis



  • Pain



  • Fracture




  • Infection

Cervical
(Procedure code 72126)
Thoracic
(Procedure code 72129)
Lumbar
(Procedure code 72132)
Extremities Upper
(Procedure code 73200)


  • Fracture



  • Evaluation joint



  • Hip fracture

Lower
(Procedure code 73700)


  • Fracture



  • Evaluation joint



  • Hip fracture

Upper
(Procedure code 73201)


  • Soft-tissue mass



  • Osteomyelitis/infection

Lower
(Procedure code 73701)


  • Soft-tissue mass



  • Osteomyelitis/infection

Upper
(Procedure code 73202)
Upper
(Procedure code 73702)
Chest (Procedure code 71250)


  • Nodule



  • Abnormal chest x-ray



  • Interstitial lung disease (high resolution)



  • Cough

(Procedure code 71260)


  • Lymph nodes (adenopathy)



  • Hilar mass

(Procedure code 71270)
Abdomen and Pelvis (Procedure code
74176)


  • Kidney stones



  • Evaluation for aortic aneurysm

(Procedure code 74177)


  • Generalized abdominal pain (diverticulitis, appendicitis, pancreatitis)



  • Cancer staging



  • Crohn’s (enterography)

(Procedure code 74178)


  • Urogram for hematuria

Abdomen (Procedure code 74170)


  • 3-phase examinations (liver, pancreas mass)



  • Kidney mass

Bony pelvis (Procedure code 72192)


  • Pelvic fracture

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