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 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 The iU22 has been replaced by the Epiq 5, but still maintains top of the line image quality.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 Affiniti 50, is a midrange shared service ultrasound machine that was developed in 2014 from the premium Epiq 7. The Affiniti 50 looks nearly identical to the more expensive Affiniti 70 and offers many of the same features. The Affiniti 50 also has many of the same technologies as the Epiq series, including the amazing QLAB onboard quantification set. The main selling point of the Philips Affiniti 50 is how many features it shares with more expensive units from Philips. If you don’t need single crystal probes, or Shearwave elastography then the Affiniti 50 offers a much less expensive option. Medical professionals that need these cutting edge technologies should consider the Affiniti 70. As a shared service ultrasound machine the Affiniti 50 excels at cardiology as well as women’s health, vascular and radiology applications. The ergonomics and workflow of the Affiniti 50 are excellent, and the image quality is a significant step up from the less expensive ClearVue series.
The Philips HD15 is a high-end ultrasound machine for shared service applications with the amazing Purewave single crystal probes. Reliable and high performance for nearly a decade the HD15 is still sought after even after production ended in 2015.