Empower Profession

Empower Action #3

Only cost is your Time/Genius/Implementation

An AMA CPT Code Application was submitted September 2021. It was denied.

Look for "Abbreviated Breast MRI" (77X50) on the AMA September CPT Public Agenda (on page 5 -- published 7/30/21)

The American Medical Association (AMA) already 'accepts' bilateral screening AB-MRIs under code 77049 -- at least in its Q & A of the "Clinical Examples in Radiology," Winter 2020 Edition as shown below (Presslwitz Correspandence).

However, this code is not unique enough to reflect the screening purpose and substantial reduced cost of AB-MRI breast screening. The AMA has denied the use of a "52" modifier, which would differentiate both purpose and cost.

Interestingly, The American College of Radiology (ACR) supports using code modifier  "52". To see their response click here, and scroll to page 12. This is where we need the support of the professionals. 

The Empower Action 3 choices are:

1. Implement the 2021 ACR recommendation of using modifier "52" now.

Currently, the AMA does NOT support an appended modifier (see AMA Prellwitz Correspondence) but the American College of Radiology (ACR) does (follow link and scroll to page 12).


2. Contact current CPT Editorial Panel members, and state your support for a new CPT code for an Abbreviated MRI (AB-MRI) OR a two digit appendage code (ie. 33 for "Preventive Services", '52', or  '59').

The CPT Editorial Panel Listing is at:


(contact info is as follows - may be subject to error)

Helene Fearon, PT

Physical Therapy

Fearon Physical Therapy, Inc.

6245 N 24th Pkwy #105, Phoenix, AZ 85016

(602) 997-7844

David Gloss, MD


Charleston Area Medical Center

415 Morris St #300, Charleston, WV 25301

(304) 388-6441

Douglas Martin, MD (co-chair)

Occupational Medicine

UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s

4230 War Eagle Dr, Sioux City, IA 51109

(712) 224-4300

JMark Melhorn, MD

Occupational Orthopaedics

University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita

929 North St Francis Street, Wichita, KS 67214​

Lylas G. Mogk, MD


Henry Ford Medical Center - Livonia

29200 Schoolcraft Rd, St #2341, Livonia MI 48150

(734) 523-1070 ​

Noah Raizman, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery

The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics

1015 18th St NW St #300, Washington, DC 20036

(202) 835-2222  

Jan Towers, PhD


Frederick Community Health Care Homeless Clinic

601-13th St-NW, St #430 N. Washington, DC 20005

(202) 417-2074

Steven D. Feinberg, MD

Pain Management

Feinberg Medical Group

825 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301

(650) 223-6400​

Rita Livingston, MD, MPH

Preventive Medicine

Live-Well Medical Consultants, LLC

130 Tibet Ave St #108, Savannah, GA 31406

Eric Auty Kanoalani Mayer, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center

1600 West 38th St. St #200, Austin TX 78731

(512) 324-3580

Robert Goldberg, DO

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The Institute for Family Health -- Manhattan

2006 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10035


Marilyn Price, MD


Massachusetts General Hospital

One Bowdoin Square, Boston,  02114-2927

(617) 724-8690 / (617) 724-5600 ​

Michael Saffir, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Orthopaedic Specialty Group

75 Kings Hwy Cutoff, Fairfield, CT 06824

(203) 337-2600