Inconsistencies with LOINC codes.

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    Jess Conrad
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    Are codes submitted and then a committee reviews these before publishing?

    I find records that might have a Right, Left and Bilateral Codes and then another example will only have a Bilateral and Unilateral codes.

    I am tasked with Mapping all of our Imaging exams to LONIC code and it is a real struggle.

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    Pam Banning
    Moderator

    Hello Jess,

    If you’re just starting out, may I refer you to the LOINC RSNA Playbook in the User’s Guide? It starts on page 185. If you downloaded the LOINC/RELMA zip file you’ll find it on your local machine at LOINCUsersGuide.pdf

    The formatting of the radiology terms may make more sense to you after reviewing.

    Best regards,

    #455959
    Swapna Abhyankar
    Moderator

    Hi Jess,

    To add to what Pam said, LOINC codes are made based on user requests. Many inconsistencies stem from the original requests, for example, where a user may have only requested a code for the right side and not the left. In recent years, when we spot these inconsistencies we follow up with the user and recommend creating a complete set of codes, but that did not happen as consistently in the earlier years of LOINC.

    Hope this helps!

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