Philips Healthcare

Cardiology

Philips’ cardiac ultrasound systems became popular with the Sonos series (originally HP), at the end of the 20th century. These came on the market with a distinct design, featuring 2 touch screens, as well as proven reliability and performance. The successors of these reliable performers were the HD series spanning through the mid- to high-end range and being contemplated by the ie33 high-end top performer. Recently Philips introduced their newest lines of ultrasound machines, featuring new technologies and extremely intuitive design. The new cardiac families are represented by the CX50 portable solution, Affiniti series in the mid- to high-range, and the Epiq series in the top-of-the-line segment.

Some of the major Philips highlights in cardiology are:

  • xMatrix, giving clearer and more versatile imaging opportunities
  • nSIGHT imaging architecture for precise resolution and imaging
  • Anatomical Intelligence Ultrasound
  • iScan, iFocus and iOptimization features for intelligent image optimization
  • XRES reducing noise technology

Models Available: HD7, HD11 and HD15, Ie33, Affiniti 70, Epiq, 5 and 7

Obstetrics/Gynecology and women’s health

Philips developed and maintains a few segmented product lines for covering the various price and performance segments for the women’s health ultrasound imaging solutions. In the last decade, the most popular series on the market were the HD series, starting at very entry level, where accurate diagnostics and crisp 2D imaging is sufficient and escalating to the higher-end level, where precise 4D imaging and advanced calculations are a must. These series are followed by the top-of-the-line iu22 series implementing advanced transducers and architecture technologies.

Recently these series were replaced by the new lines of ultrasound solutions, introducing the ClearVue, Affiniti and Epiq product lines.

Some of the performance highlights in Philips OB/GYN segment are:

  • xMatrix, giving clearer and more versatile imaging opportunities
  • real time 4D imaging
  • nSIGHT imaging architecture for precise resolution and imaging
  • iScan, iFocus and iOptimization features for intelligent image optimization
  • XRES reducing noise technology
  • PureWave technology giving the power to image difficult to image patients
  • Elastography imaging

Models Available: HD11, HD15, iu22, ClearVue 350, 550, 650, 850, Affiniti 50 and 70, Epiq 5 and 7

General radiology

Philips’ general radiology imaging systems come in a few performance and price segments, covering the various clinical needs and budget ranges. Over the past decade, the popular models on the market were mainly the HD series, covering the entry, mid to high ranges, together with the iu22 top-performer shared service platform. The HD series are a popular model line, due to their affordability and support of varied probes, covering broad clinical needs. The iu22 is a preferred solution in busy practices with heavy patient flow, where advanced transducer support together with quick and reliable diagnostics are a must. Recently these series were replaced by the new lines of ultrasound solutions, introducing the ClearVue, Affiniti and Epiq product lines, covering respectively entry, mid to high end performance.

The highlights of these series are:

  • xMatrix, giving clearer and more versatile imaging opportunities
  • nSIGHT imaging architecture for precise resolution and imaging
  • iScan, iFocus and iOptimization features for intelligent image optimization
  • XRES reducing noise technology
  • PureWave technology giving the power to image difficult to image patients
  • Elastography imaging for breast assessment
  • Shear Wave elastography for non-invasive liver disease assessment

Models Available: HD3, HD5, HD11, HD15, iu22, ClearVue 350, 550, 650, 850, Affiniti 50 and 70, Epiq 5 and 7

Point of care

Philips’ portable solutions are represented by the CX30 and CX50 series. These series are designed for both mobility and high performance.

The configurations available are highly varied and able to cover diverse ultrasound clinical needs, including:

  • Shared services (abdominal, vascular, MSK, cardiac)
  • High-end cardiac applications and advanced xMatrix transducer support
  •  Laparoscopic and intraoperative imaging
  • Anesthesia and pain medicine, with needle visualization
  •  Emergency medicine with efficient workflow

The CX30 is a more cost-oriented solution, as it carries a lower price tag and limited performance, in comparison to the CX50. The main tradeoff made in the CX30 solution is lack of support for the PureWave technology transducers.

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