SNOMED CT® Utilises the Brodmann Area Classification for Brain Regions (Updated February 15th 2017)


In previous posts, we looked at the history of SNOMED CT® and the increasing role of SNOMED CT® in healthcare systems internationally. In this series of posts, I will examine and assess the SNOMED CT® terminology and provide a broad description of the findings where necessary.

Looking at the SNOMED CT® terminology through the SNOMED CT® browser (see this post), I came across the Brodmann area terminology. This is not the only descriptive terminology used for brain regions – there is also a reference to specific neuroanatomical structures independent of the Brodmann terminology (e.g. Basal Ganglia and Capsules Structure). I have covered the Brodmann areas in previous posts (e.g. see here).

In terms of describing the Brodmann terminology, the SNOMED CT® terminology descriptor is 9 digits long and 8 levels deep in the ontological structure. As far as I could see the terminology does not include BA’s 13, 14, 15, 16, 27, 49, 50 and 51. The terminology also links to other sources.

Appendix A – Other Posts in the Series on Health Information Exchanges

A Literature Review of 40 years of SNOMED

Arizona Statewide Health Information Exchange

A History of The Health Information Exchange in Pennsylvania

The Arkansas Health Information Exchange – SHARE

The California Health Information Exchange – Cal Index

Creating a Health Information Exchange in Arizona

Health Information Exchanges

Health Information Exchanges and Chronic Conditions

HIPPA and Health Information Exchanges


ICD-SNOMED-CT® Harmonisation

ICD-1 – Well…near enough











Körner Data and SNOMED: A Snapshot from 1988

Mapping ICD 9 (or 10) to SNOMED CT®

Over 1 Million Relationships: SNOMED CT ®

SNOMED CT® International Browser

Standardisation of Health Information Technology in New Zealand

Statisticians were Responsible for the Development of an International Classification of Diseases

Why Do We Need Electronic Record Systems to Talk to Each Other

Appendix B – Definition of Health Information Exchange

This is the definition of the Health Information Exchange that I use (Hersh et al, 2015)

Health information exchange (HIE), the electronic sharing of clinical information across the boundaries of health care organizations

Index: There are indices for the TAWOP site here and here

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