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[bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from Peter Lamb

Michael Dorf mdorf at
Fri Mar 17 10:55:15 PDT 2017

Hi Peter,

Thank you for your report, and I am sorry it has taken this long to get back to you on this. We’ve been working on re-building our search index, and it took a while for this task to complete. The new index is now live, and the problem with LOINC you reported should be resolved.

Thank you for your patience, and please do write to us if you encounter any further issues.



On Mar 10, 2017, at 12:25 PM, support at<mailto:support at> wrote:

Name: Peter Lamb

Email: Lamb at<mailto:Lamb at>



Hi BioPortal!

I've been using the search functionality in BioPortal to retrieve LOINC terms mapped to specific LOINC codes, but have noticed some inconsistent behavior. My typical workflow is (1) go to (2) go to Tools-> search, which takes me to this webpage: (3) click on "advanced options" (4) under ontologies I select LOINC (5) in the search bar I type in the LOINC code I want.

This methodology has worked for many LOINC codes. For instance, if I search for 41806-1 in this manner, returned is the LOINC term I want that matches this code: Multisection:Find:Pt:Abdomen:Doc:CT.

However, this has failed for one particular LOINC code: 81555-5. This is supposed to be for PET+CT Guidance for localization of tumor of Whole body-- W 18F-FDG IV. But searching this LOINC code does not return anything via the search API. This code is definitely in LOINC because I can find it via: and also via

Am I doing something wrong, or is there an indexing error of some sort that is prohibiting search on the 81555-5 code from returning anything?

Please let me know when you can.

Kind regards,


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