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[bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from sean.guerrero

Jennifer Leigh Vendetti vendetti at
Fri May 17 17:39:38 PDT 2019

Hi Sean,

The web-based BioPortal application doesn’t have a table that lists CPT codes and preferred names. We just display the ontology classes as a navigable tree structure.

I’m not sure if using the REST API is a possibility for you. You can pass multiple terms to the search endpoint, e.g., the following URL uses all the CPT codes you listed below (see the q={…} portion):{24546%2024565%2024566%2024575%2024579%2024586}&ontologies=CPT&include=prefLabel&display_links=false&display_context=false<>

If you enter that URL in a browser window, you can see a list of the preferred names for those codes. Screen shot below. FYI - you need an API key to use the REST API (instructions for getting one are here:

We also provide examples in a GitHub repository for using the API programmatically: It’s possible to write a short script that would retrieve this data.

Hope that information helps.

Kind regards,

[cid:A72B13FE-2EB4-4BAD-8159-77088307DAAA at]

On May 16, 2019, at 5:31 PM, Guerrero, Sean <Sean.Guerrero at<mailto:Sean.Guerrero at>> wrote:

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for the quick response!
I have a batch of CPT codes and would like to pull the descriptions under the Preferred Name field. Example below:

It doesn’t look like there’s a way to pull a batch of these and the only way to do it would be to copy and paste the CPT codes, one by one. Is this correct? Is their a table of some sort on your website with all CPT codes and preferred names?



Sean A. Guerrero, MHA
Manager of Business Intelligence, Strategic Analytics and Reporting
Hoag Orthopedic Institute
 Sean.Guerrero at<mailto:Sean.Guerrero at> |<>


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