The Philips Epiq 7 is the top-of-the-line shared service ultrasound machine from Philips. It offers xMatrix and Purewave single crystal probes, a compact and lightweight design and superior ergonomics and workflow. The Epiq 7 replaces the older Philips iE33 but is shared service rather than only cardiovascular. All the Epiq and Affiniti ultrasound machines look visually very similar and use the same monitor and huge tablet like touchscreen for navigation.
The Philips Affiniti 70, is a high-end shared service ultrasound machine that was developed in 2014 from the premium Epiq 7. The Affiniti 70 looks nearly identical to the Epiq 7 and 5 and offers many of the same features like single crystal PureWave transducers. The Affiniti 70 also has many of the same technologies as the Epiq series, including the amazing QLAB onboard quantification set and ShareWave elastography. The Philips Affiniti 70 is unique in the high-end price category in offering ShearWave. As a shared service ultrasound machine the Affiniti 70 excels at cardiology as well as women’s health, vascular and radiology applications. Philips is most well known for its cardiac imaging superiority over other brands, but the Philips Affiniti 70 is also amazingly feature rich with excellent image quality at its price level. Doctors that like the Affiniti 70, but don’t need the PureWave transducers or ShearWave Elastography should consider the less expensive Affiniti 50 instead.
The Philips CX50 launched in 2009 as the first Philips portable ultrasound and the most advanced portable ultrasound machine in the world. It continues to this day as the only truly premium portable ultrasound with support for both PureWave single crystal and xMatrix transducers, something no other portable ultrasound machine has as of 2016. The CX50 is a shared service ultrasound machine equally capable in radiology and OB/GYN as in cardiovascular applications. The only thing it will not do is 4D for OB/GYN applications. The Philips CX50 can offer 4D for Cardiac applications via the X7-2t xMatrix probe. The compact size of the CX50 means it fits well in surgical, emergency and point of care situations where room is tight and mobility important. All versions of the CX50 except the initial A.0 revision are very stable and reliable. If you are looking for the most powerful portable ultrasound machine with the best imaging and most advanced features then the Philips CX50 is what you’re looking for.
The Philips HD11xe is an extremely popular midrange ultrasound machine that dominated sales in the shared service segment for nearly a decade. The HD11xe balances price and performance perfectly while still giving access to high-end features such as 4D and TEE. The HD11xe had more transducer options than any other midrange and even more than many high-end ultrasound machines. The HD11xe is the replacement for the HD11 and adds an LCD monitor on an articulating arm and software upgrades such as Qlab. The HD11xe is still in high demand after it has gone out of production and offers an amazing value as a refurbished or remanufactured system. the HD11xe was replaced by the Affiniti 50.
The Philips iU22 is a premium shared service ultrasound machine that offers the best image quality possible through xMatrix transducers that offer the best aspects of single-crystal and 4D transducers. The iU22 offers the top of the line image quality and features available for Radiology, OB/GYN, Cardiac, Vascular and even specialty imaging like MSK, Pediatric, and Elastography. The iU22 has been replaced by the Epiq 5, but still maintains top of the line image quality. For cardio vascular specific medical professionals the nearly identical iE33 would be a better fit. The iU22 was launched in 2004 and has a long history of improvements and revisions that have made it the gold standard for over a decade.
The Philips iE33 is a premium level cardiovascular ultrasound machine that was launched in 2004 and has been revised and improved over the past decade. In 2010 Philips launched the iE33 xMatrix, a major update that supported the brand new xMatrix transducers with thousands of elements each and capable not only of extraordinary image quality, but also viewing images in 2 planes in real time as well as 4D without the need for a mechanical probe. The Philips iE33 xMatrix also has the powerful QLAB quantification package and a host of other cardiovascular specific software enhancements that speed and add diagnostic confidence to standard cardiac and vascular exams. The Epiq 7 has replaced the iE33, but as it has over a decade of being the cardiovascular gold standard it remains one of the most popular ultrasound machines in demand. Those looking for similar power and features at the premium level who focus on OB/GYN or radiology should consider instead the Philips iU22 which looks identical to the iE33 except for one touchscreen while the iE33 has two.
The Philips ClearVue 550, is an economy priced shared service ultrasound machine that’s strengths are good image quality and workflow efficiency. The ClearVue 550 was launched in 2012 as the replacement for the HD7xe and is positioned in between the ClearVue 350, which has no articulating arm, and the ClearVue 650, which offers more standard features such as 4D which are options on the ClearVue 550. The ClearVue 550 excels at obstetrics, gynecology, abdominal imaging and radiology where it’s workflow advantages speed up common exams. The Philips ClearVue 550 also has the best cardiovascular imaging available in the world at this price point.