2022 ICD-10-CM Code W90.0

Exposure to radiofrequency

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:W90.0
Short Description:Exposure to radiofrequency
Long Description:Exposure to radiofrequency

Code Classification

  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Exposure to electric current, radiation and extreme ambient air temperature and pressure (W85-W99)
      • Exposure to other nonionizing radiation (W90)

W90.0 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of exposure to radiofrequency. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Specific Coding for Exposure to radiofrequency

Non-specific codes like W90.0 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for exposure to radiofrequency:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use W90.0XXA for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use W90.0XXD for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use W90.0XXS for sequela

Index of External Cause of Injuries

References found for the code W90.0 in the External Cause of Injuries Index:

Information for Patients


Electromagnetic Fields

Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs), also called radiation, are areas of energy that surround electrical devices. Everyday sources of EMFs include

Some people worry about EMF exposure and cancer. Some studies have found a link between EMF exposure and a higher risk of childhood leukemia, but other studies have not. Other studies have not found proof that EMF exposure causes other childhood cancers. Studies in adults did not prove that EMF exposure causes cancer.

Some people worry that cell (wireless) phones cause cancer or other health problems. The phones do give off radiofrequency energy (RF), a form of electromagnetic radiation. So far, scientific evidence has not found a link between cell phone use and health problems in humans. However, scientists need to do more research on this before they can say for sure. If you are worried about avoiding any possible risks, you can limit your exposure by

NIH: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)