Lymph Nodes Distant: Mediastinal, Scalene
**Note 1:** Physician statement of mediastinal and scalene nodal status can be used to code this data item when no other information is available.
**Note 2:** Assign the highest applicable code (1-3) in the case of positive nodes.
**Note 3:** If a nodal station is in the area being imaged, biopsied, or in the surgical field and there is no mention of involvement, then assume that specific nodal station is negative.
**Note 4:** Code 9 when there is no imaging, biopsy, surgical workup, or a physical exam only.
**Note 5:** The assessment method is recorded in 3874: LN Distant Assessment Method.