Another thing I find amusing

CNN has used this graphic before, and though it bugged me, I let it go.  Since I have a blog and nothing to say, I’ll point it out so it’ll bug you, too.

This graphc:
reverse Lead II

The EKG tracing in the photo is backward (meaning it reads incorrectly from left to right, which is the convention).  There’s nothing particularly interesting about it, but it’s backward, and it gets my (unpleasant) attention every time.

So, CNN, I’ll be glad to review your medical graphics, for an entirely reasonable fee. Or get someone else to do it, but please do so.


  1. Goatwhacker says:

    Hah, you just missed the atrial enlargement, delta wave and hypokalemia. CNN would never make a mistake.

  2. it’s part of the quiz, a trick :)

    by the way, thanks for adding me to your blogroll.

  3. That is annoying – you’d think somebody over there would have caught such a glaring mistake!

  4. Fidel, MD says:

    Like Sanjay Gupta? Even a neurosurgeon should be able to read an ECG

  5. Good work, they fixed it. Talk about annoying….

  6. Where’s the quiz? I wanna take the quiz!

  7. That is annoying! So, did you take the quiz?

  8. Goatwhacker says:

    I took the quiz and got 7 out of 7 which I’m sure will be a relief to my patients. Maybe I’ll put it in my yellow pages ad.

  9. Glad to see I wasn’t the only one who saw it was wrong. Bugged the heck out of me too.

  10. Frank Drackman says:

    Know what ya mean Verne, I can’t stand that backwards Chext X ray JD hangs up during the opening of Scrubs. But I think thats a pic of some one with 3rd degree Heart Block. Any A-rabs out there? Do you run EKGS left to right? I’ve been to Israel but they do it like us>