Could you please tell us how to code the FDA approved (March 13, 2013) Lymphatic Mapping procedure and radiopharmaceutical LymphoSeek? This to assist in the localization of lymph nodes draining a primary tumor in patients with breast cancer or melanoma? Additionally, on June 13, 2014 the FDA expanded use for guiding sentinel lymph node (SNL) biopsy in head and neck cancer patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity.
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