ICD-10-PCS Section: C - Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine

The seven characters in the nuclear medicine section have the following meaning:

  • Character 1 = Section
  • Character 2 = Body System
  • Character 3 = Root Type
  • Character 4 = Body Part
  • Character 5 = Radionuclide
  • Character 6 = Qualifier
  • Character 7 = Qualifier

Nuclear medicine section codes represent procedures that introduce radioactive material into the body in order to create an image, to diagnose and treat pathologic conditions, or to assess metabolic functions. The nuclear medicine section does not include the introduction of encapsulated radioactive material for the treatment of cancer. These procedures are included in the radiation oncology section. Nuclear medicine procedure codes have a first character value of "C". The second character specifies the body system on which the nuclear medicine procedure is performed. The third character root type indicates the type of nuclear medicine procedure (e.g., planar imaging or non-imaging uptake).

The fourth character indicates the body part or body region studied. Regional (e.g., lower extremity veins) and combination (e.g., liver and spleen) body part values are used in this section. The fifth character specifies the radionuclide, the radiation source. The fifth character value Other Radionuclide is provided in the nuclear medicine section for newly approved radionuclides until they can be added to the system. The sixth and seventh characters are not specified in the nuclear medicine section, and always have the value None. If more than one radiopharmaceutical is used to perform the procedure, then more than one code is used.

C0 - Central Nervous System

ICD-10-PCSDescription
C01 - Planar Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for single plane display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
C02 - Tomographic (Tomo) Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for three dimensional display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
C03 - Positron Emission Tomographic (PET) ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for three dimensional display of images developed from the simultaneous capture, 180 degrees apart, of radioactive emissions
C05 - Nonimaging Nuclear Medicine ProbeIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for the study of distribution and fate of certain substances by the detection of radioactive emissions; or, alternatively, measurement of absorption of radioactive emissions from an external source

C2 - Heart

ICD-10-PCSDescription
C21 - Planar Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for single plane display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
C22 - Tomographic (Tomo) Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for three dimensional display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
C23 - Positron Emission Tomographic (PET) ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for three dimensional display of images developed from the simultaneous capture, 180 degrees apart, of radioactive emissions
C25 - Nonimaging Nuclear Medicine ProbeIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for the study of distribution and fate of certain substances by the detection of radioactive emissions; or, alternatively, measurement of absorption of radioactive emissions from an external source

C5 - Veins

ICD-10-PCSDescription
C51 - Planar Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for single plane display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions

C7 - Lymphatic and Hematologic System

ICD-10-PCSDescription
C71 - Planar Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for single plane display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
C72 - Tomographic (Tomo) Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for three dimensional display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
C75 - Nonimaging Nuclear Medicine ProbeIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for the study of distribution and fate of certain substances by the detection of radioactive emissions; or, alternatively, measurement of absorption of radioactive emissions from an external source
C76 - Nonimaging Nuclear Medicine AssayIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for the study of body fluids and blood elements, by the detection of radioactive emissions

C8 - Eye

ICD-10-PCSDescription
C81 - Planar Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for single plane display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions

C9 - Ear, Nose, Mouth and Throat

ICD-10-PCSDescription
C91 - Planar Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for single plane display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions

CB - Respiratory System

ICD-10-PCSDescription
CB1 - Planar Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for single plane display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
CB2 - Tomographic (Tomo) Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for three dimensional display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
CB3 - Positron Emission Tomographic (PET) ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for three dimensional display of images developed from the simultaneous capture, 180 degrees apart, of radioactive emissions

CD - Gastrointestinal System

ICD-10-PCSDescription
CD1 - Planar Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for single plane display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
CD2 - Tomographic (Tomo) Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for three dimensional display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions

CF - Hepatobiliary System and Pancreas

ICD-10-PCSDescription
CF1 - Planar Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for single plane display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
CF2 - Tomographic (Tomo) Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for three dimensional display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions

CG - Endocrine System

ICD-10-PCSDescription
CG1 - Planar Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for single plane display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
CG2 - Tomographic (Tomo) Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for three dimensional display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
CG4 - Nonimaging Nuclear Medicine UptakeIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for measurements of organ function, from the detection of radioactive emissions

CH - Skin, Subcutaneous Tissue and Breast

ICD-10-PCSDescription
CH1 - Planar Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for single plane display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
CH2 - Tomographic (Tomo) Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for three dimensional display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions

CP - Musculoskeletal System

ICD-10-PCSDescription
CP1 - Planar Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for single plane display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
CP2 - Tomographic (Tomo) Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for three dimensional display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
CP5 - Nonimaging Nuclear Medicine ProbeIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for the study of distribution and fate of certain substances by the detection of radioactive emissions; or, alternatively, measurement of absorption of radioactive emissions from an external source

CT - Urinary System

ICD-10-PCSDescription
CT1 - Planar Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for single plane display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
CT2 - Tomographic (Tomo) Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for three dimensional display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
CT6 - Nonimaging Nuclear Medicine AssayIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for the study of body fluids and blood elements, by the detection of radioactive emissions

CV - Male Reproductive System

ICD-10-PCSDescription
CV1 - Planar Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for single plane display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions

CW - Anatomical Regions

ICD-10-PCSDescription
CW1 - Planar Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for single plane display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
CW2 - Tomographic (Tomo) Nuclear Medicine ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for three dimensional display of images developed from the capture of radioactive emissions
CW3 - Positron Emission Tomographic (PET) ImagingIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for three dimensional display of images developed from the simultaneous capture, 180 degrees apart, of radioactive emissions
CW5 - Nonimaging Nuclear Medicine ProbeIntroduction of radioactive materials into the body for the study of distribution and fate of certain substances by the detection of radioactive emissions; or, alternatively, measurement of absorption of radioactive emissions from an external source
CW7 - Systemic Nuclear Medicine TherapyIntroduction of unsealed radioactive materials into the body for treatment