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Philips Cardiac Buyers Guide

Cardiac ultrasound machines are among the most powerful medical tools available to cardiology practices. They are used for both diagnostic and interventional cardiology cases and help cardiologists treat an impressively wide range of cardiovascular diseases. Using cardiac ultrasound, clinicians can detect heart abnormalities and conditions earlier and with greater precision.

Philips has been a leading developer and manufacturer of cardiac ultrasound systems for 130 years. With over 57,000 patents, Philips has had a significant impact on the advancement of modern cardiac imaging technology and continues to lead the field toward innovation.

This guide introduces the Philips brand and five of the company’s best cardiac ultrasound machines.

About Philips

Founded in 1891, Philips is one of the earliest and most highly awarded pioneers of ultrasound technology solutions for cardiology and healthcare in general. The company’s cutting-edge cardiovascular ultrasound solutions have brought outstanding functionality and performance into thousands of cardiology departments across the globe.

You can find just about every type of ultrasound system on the market within Philip’s extensive catalog, including:

  • Cart-based Ultrasound
  • Portable Ultrasound
  • Handheld Ultrasound
  • Black & White Ultrasound
  • Shared Service Ultrasound

In addition to cardiac ultrasound machines, Philips manufacturers ultrasound systems for every medical specialty. Its devices have clinical applications for:

  • Cardiac
  • OB/GYN
  • Vascular
  • Anesthesiology
  • Abdominal
  • Small Parts
  • Urology
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK)
  • Pediatrics
  • Orthopedic
  • Trauma
  • Nerve
  • Lung
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Point-Of-Care
  • Veterinary

Top 5 Philips Cardiac Ultrasound Machines

Philips has been a global ultrasound manufacturer for over 130 years, producing some of the market’s most advanced cardiac ultrasound technologies to date.

While every machine in Philips’ collection is worth mentioning, this guide highlights five of their best cardiac models – the ClearVue 350, the CX50, the iE33, the Sparq, and the EPIQ 7.

Ultrasound Machine Details
ClearVue 350 Price Range: $15,000 to $22,500
Type: Cart
Monitor Size: 17-inches
Imaging Modes: 2D
Probe Ports: 3
Controls: Knobs, buttons, trackball
Applications: Cardiac, OB/GYN, Vascular, MSK
Key Features: M-Mode, Anatomical M-Mode, Color doppler, PW doppler, CW doppler, Tissue doppler, DICOM 3.1, Tissue harmonic imaging, Speckle reduction, Compound imaging, Auto NT measurement, Scan Assistant
Philips CX50 Price Range: $20,000 to $40,000
Type: Laptop, portable
Monitor Size: 15.4-inches
Imaging Modes: 2D
Probe Ports: 1
Controls: Knobs, buttons, trackball
Applications: Cardiac, OB/GYN, Vascular, MSK, Urology, Emergency Medicine
Key Features: M-mode, Anatomical M-Mode, Color doppler, PW doppler, CW doppler, Tissue doppler, Tissue harmonic imaging, Compound imaging, Continuous high pulse repetition frequency, Contrast, DICOM 3.1, CD-DVD-R, 3D/4D cardiac, 4D TEE, Live dual mode, Auto IMT, Stress echo, Strain and strain rate
Philips iE33 Price Range: $20,000 to $30,000
Type: Cart
Monitor Size: 17-inch
Imaging Modes: 2D/3d/4D
Probe Ports: 3
Controls: Knobs, buttons, trackball,
Applications: Cardiac, Vascular, MSK
Key Features: M-Mode, Color doppler, CW doppler, Pw doppler, Tissue doppler, Power doppler
Philips Sparq Price Range: $22,000 to $33,000
Type: Cart, touch panel
Monitor Size: 17-inch
Imaging Modes: 2D
Probe Ports: 3
Controls: Touch panel
Applications: Cardiac, Vascular, MSK, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesia
Key Features: M-Mode, Color M-Mode, Anatomical M-Mode, Directional color doppler, CW doppler, PW doppler, Power doppler, Tissue doppler, Continuous high pulse repetition frequency, Tissue harmonic imaging, Compound imaging, Needle recognition, Auto optimization, DICOM 3.1, SmartExam, Stress echo
EPIQ 7 Price Range: $47,500-$71,250
Type: Cart
Monitor Size: 21.5-inch LCD and 12-inch touch panel
Imaging Modes: 2D/3D/4D
Probe Ports: 4
Controls: Knobs, buttons, trackball, touch panel
Applications: Cardiac, OB/GYN, Vascular, MSK, Urology, 4D
Key Features: M-Mode, Anatomical M-Mode, Color M-Mode, Color doppler, CW doppler, PW doppler, Tissue doppler, Intelligent doppler, Continuous high pulse repetition frequency, 3D/4D, Panoramic, Strain and strain rate, Stress echo, Auto optimization, Compound imaging, Speckle reduction, STIC, Tissue harmonic imaging, PureWave transducers, Auto IMT, Automated LH measurement, Cardiac motion quantification, AutoEF, Live dual-mode, Shear wave elastography, Needle recognition

ClearVue 350

Philips ClearVue 350 ultrasound machine

Key Features:

  • 2D
  • Touchscreen
  • Intuitive Workflow
  • XRES

The Philips ClearVue 350 is an entry-level cardiac ultrasound machine with shared service functionality. In addition to excellent cardiac imaging performance, the ClearVue 350 supports clinical applications for:

  • OB/GYN
  • Vascular
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Cardiac

As an entry-level ultrasound, the ClearVue 350 has superb walk-up usability, requiring very little training before users can fully operate the machine. The device is controlled by an easy-to-use touchscreen interface that provides direct access to the imaging tools you use most often. As a result, clinicians enhance their clinical workflow and significantly shorten exam times.

The ClearVue 350 also boasts several ergonomic design features. Its 19” high-contrast LCD monitor folds down, tilts, and swivels, allowing clinicians to obtain a comfortable viewing angle from both standing and seated positions.

Additional features in the ClearVue 350 include XRES Adaptive Image Processing – an advanced technology that improves image quality by reducing artifacts and enhancing margin and border definition of patient anatomy.

Overall, the ClearVue 350 is an excellent low-cost option for your standard cardiac imaging needs. However, its scope of advanced imaging features is not as robust as other Philips devices highlighted in this buyer’s guide.

Continue reading to discover other Philips ultrasound systems with a broader scope of advanced cardiac imaging capabilities.

CX50

Philips CX50 Ultrasound

Key Features:

  • Live3D (4D) TEE
  • Mitral valve quantification
  • ICE intracardiac echo
  • 3D quantification
  • Microvascular imaging (MVI)
  • Strain quantification
  • Price: $20,00 to $40,000

The Philips CX50 is a portable cardiac ultrasound machine highly-regarded for its versatility and premium image quality. With both single crystal probes and a 4D TEE probe, the CX50 produces astonishingly high-resolution images, allowing clinicians to monitor and diagnose patients with accuracy and confidence.

While the CX50’s full scope of advanced cardiac imaging features makes it one of the best portable ultrasounds for cardiovascular units, its sleek laptop-style design and shared service functionality enable easy transport and excellent performance in ER and point-of-care situations as well. Additionally, the CX50 supports clinical applications for:

  • OB/GYN
  • Vascular
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Urology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Abdominal
  • Cardiac

The Philips CX50 is fitted with a 15” LCD monitor, two probe ports, advanced imaging optimization, high-performance processing, and DICOM compatibility.

The Philips CX50 also has deep quantification tools for all applications, providing crystal clear imaging on every scan type, from Cardiac to Urology.

The Philips CX50 model sets itself apart with its high-end QLAB software, allowing clinicians to expand patient diagnostic information with several QLAB cardiac assessment and analysis apps, including:

  • Strain Quantification (SQ)
  • MicroVascular Imaging (MVI)
  • GI 3D quantification
  • Live3D (4D) TEE
  • ICE Intracardiac Echo

Additional cardiac imaging features in the Philips CX50 include Stress Echo for measuring patient heart function under stress and Strain Rate to assess regional or global deformation of the myocardium.

iE33

Philips iE33 ultrasound on a cart

Key Features:

  • 4D TEE
  • Single-crystal probe technology
  • Live 3D imaging
  • Multiple Advanced Doppler modes
  • Quantitative stress echo
  • Display two cardiac views in real-time
  • Price: $20,000 to $30,000

The Philips iE33 is a premium cardiac ultrasound machine that displays remarkably clear images on a 17” LCD monitor. The Philips iE33 provides exceptional clinical performance in cardiovascular units. Also, it supports clinical applications for:

  • Vascular
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Cardiac

Among the Philips iE33’s various cardiac applications and tools include 4D TEE compatibility, live 3D/4D cardiac imaging, and quantitative stress echo.

The Philips iE33 also has multiple advanced Doppler modes for precise visualization and measurement of blood flow, including:

  • Color Doppler
  • Power Doppler
  • Continuous-Wave (CW) Doppler
  • Pulsed-Wave (PW) Doppler
  • Tissue Doppler

A standout feature in the Philips iE33 is its integrated dual touchscreen, providing superior navigation and an intuitive clinical workflow. The device also boasts a 4D imaging mode, allowing clinicians to view patient anatomy with incredible structural detail in real-time.

The Philips iE33 is a fantastic option for medical practices looking for advanced cardiac imaging capabilities on a conservative budget.

Sparq

Philips-Sparq ultrasound machine on cart

Key Features:

  • Touchscreen
  • Intuitive workflow
  • Stress echo
  • Tissue Harmonic Imaging
  • Needle Recognition
  • Wipedown rated
  • Price: $22,000 to $33,000

The Philips Sparq is a lightweight, cart-based cardiac ultrasound with great maneuverability. It has a sleek, unobtrusive design that allows for easy transport between departments. The Sparq performs particularly well in cardiovascular units, emergency rooms, and point-of-care situations while also supporting clinical applications for:

  • Vascular
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Anesthesia
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiac

The Philips Sparq provides clear, high-resolution images on a 17” monitor. The device’s control panel is a sealed, glass-tempered touchscreen surface that is easy to wipe down and disinfect. It is an excellent option for busy clinical environments where equipment is routinely bespattered.

Sparq’s array of advanced cardiac imaging features includes Stress Echo, allowing clinicians to accurately measure patient heart function under stress.

Additional imaging features in the Philips Sparq include Tissue Harmonic Imaging – an advanced tool that improves image clarity by enhancing edge detection, so patient anatomy is clearly defined. The Philips Sparq also has a Needle Recognition tool for precise needle and catheter placements.

The Philips Sparq’s multiple Doppler modes make it a great diagnostic tool for cardiovascular units and other departments where monitoring blood flow is critical to patient care. The Sparq’s advanced Doppler modes include:

  • Directional Color doppler
  • Continuous-wave (CW) Doppler
  • Pulsed-Wave (PW) Doppler
  • Power Doppler
  • Tissue Doppler

As a midrange cardiac ultrasound machine, the Philips Sparq strikes the perfect balance between price and performance.

EPIQ 7

philips epiq 7 ultrasound on a cart

Key Features:

  • 12-inch touch panel
  • nSIGHT
  • 2D/3D/4D Imaging
  • Strain and strain rate
  • Stress echo
  • STIC
  • Anatomical Intelligence Ultrasound (AIUS)
  • Automated Cardiac Motion Quantification (aCMQ)
  • Mitral Valve Navigator (MVN)
  • Live 3D TEE
  • Price: $47,500 to $71,250

The Philips EPIQ 7 is a high-end cardiac ultrasound machine that also supports clinical applications for:

  • OB/GYN
  • Vascular
  • Urology
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Cardiac

The Philips EPIQ 7 boasts a full scope of advanced cardiac features, such as Strain and Strain Rate and Stress Echo.

A distinguishing feature of the Philips EPIQ 7 is that it supports Philips’ exclusive Anatomical Intelligence Ultrasound (AIUS). AIUS applies adaptive system intelligence and 3D heart models to make exams easier to perform and more reproducible.

AIUS includes A.I. tools for Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology, such as:

  • Automated Cardiac Motion Quantification (aCMQ). Provides cardiologists with automated measurements of various cardiac parameters, including end-systolic volume (ESV).
  • Mitral Valve Navigator (MVN). Takes a Live 3D volume of the mitral valve (MV) and turns it into an easy-to-interpret model with a comprehensive list of MV measurements and calculations.
  • Live 3D TEE for Structural Heart Disease interventions. Provides high-quality 3D images, allowing real-time visualization of cardiac morphology as well as catheters and devices within the surrounding environment.

The Philips EPIQ 7 also performs Spatio-temporal Image Correlation (STIC) – an automatic volume acquisition through the fetal heart, resulting in a complete fetal cardiac cycle displayed in motion in an endless 3D cineloop sequence.

Other stand-out features in the Philips EPIQ 7 include PureWave crystal transducers, TrueVue advanced 3D Display, and MaxVue HD Display, which provide remarkably lifelike 3D images of patient anatomy.

Philips Cardiac Ultrasound Machine Benefits

Philips cardiac ultrasound systems come with a range of benefits that provide versatile, accurate diagnostic imaging performance for cardiovascular care units and various other clinical settings. Some important benefits include:

  • Applications
  • Ease of use
  • Technologies and features
  • Dependability and Quality

Phillips Applications

Philips manufacturers ultrasound systems that support the following clinical applications:

  • Cardiac
  • OB/GYN
  • Vascular
  • Anesthesiology
  • Abdominal
  • Small Parts
  • Urology
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Pediatrics
  • Orthopedic
  • Trauma
  • Nerve
  • Lung
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Point-Of-Care
  • Veterinary

Philips Ease of Use

Philips puts a lot of effort into enhancing the ease of use of its devices, allowing cardiologists and clinicians to perform quick and seamless ultrasound exams for their patients.

Ease of Use Design Features:

  • Workflow efficiency tools enable users to switch between imaging modes and use advanced features at the touch of a button or with very few keystrokes
  • Performance features include fast processing speeds that allow users to save and send cine clips with very little delay
  • Walk-up usability allows users to perform standard ultrasound exams without the need for extensive training
  • Intuitive controls allow users to seamlessly navigate their Philips devices
  • Fast boot times allow users to use their Philips devices shortly after powering them on
  • Ergonomics refers to the design of Philips systems which make them comfortable to use from various sitting and standing positions and monitor viewing angles
  • Battery life for Philips units allows for multiple cord-free uses in between charging
  • Custom presets help guide clinicians through routine ultrasound exams

Philips Technologies and Features

The array of Philips’ advanced imaging technologies and features includes, but isn’t limited to:

  • Auto Intima-Media Thickness (IMT) feature gives automatic measurements of anterior and posterior walls for accurate carotid status
  • FHI is an innovative harmonic imaging technology that maintains the image resolution when imaging larger, hard-to-image patients
  • 4D/virtual HD provides high-definition video of patient anatomy in real-time
  • Continuous-Wave (CW) Doppler improves accuracy when measuring high velocity blood flow
  • Color Doppler allows for rapid visualization of blood flows, velocities, and volumes; a useful tool for detecting defects in the atria and ventricles
  • Q-Beam doubles the volume of transducer signals for deeper penetration and increased image resolution
  • Q-Image uses innovative algorithms combined with fast frame rates to significantly strengthen the image quality
  • Needle Enhancement for precise needle and catheter placements
  • Elastography displays tissue stiffness in real-time to provide clinicians with additional diagnostic information when scanning organs like the liver and breast

Philips Dependability and Quality

Philips ultrasound machines are durable, high-quality devices that provide consistent performance for both standards and demanding imaging needs.

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