Friday, October 07, 2011
What's wrong with this picture?
This patient has situs inversus. It is a mistake in embryogenesis where the major organs in the body end up in a mirror-image position from where they should be.
On medical images, the right is on the left and the left is on the right. So what you see in this chest x-ray is a heart that extends to the patient's right side. It is normally the opposite, of course.