Application Training for Philips ClearVue 550
KPI’s on-staff sonographer can provide onsite applications training or remote training via videoconference for the ClearVue 550 at a set price plus travel costs. A pre-recorded video training course is included in the sale, lease or rental of the ClearVue 550 from KPI ultrasound.
Service for ClearVue 550
Free technical support is available from KPI during installation and over the course of the standard limited warranty. Technical support is available after the warranty period at an hourly cost per issue.
Maintenance for Philips ClearVue 550
KPI recommends the use of a surge protector along with a dedicated power outlet. Probes should be disinfected after every use with a disinfectant wipe proven not to damage the lens (KPI recommends SonoWipes for this.) KPI recommends one PM visit (preventative maintenance) every year.
Philips ClearVue 550 Dimensions & Weight
Height: (adjustable, maximum) 1160 mm (45.7 in)
Width: 520 mm (20.5 in)
Depth: 584 mm (23.0 in)
Control panel height: (non-adjustable) 837 mm (33.0 in)
Weight: (with printer) 52 kg (115 lbs.), approx. 200 lbs. with packaging
Philips ClearVue 550 Specifications
All-digital broadband beamformer
65,536 digitally-processed channels
Depth to 30 cm (exam and transducer specific)
Up to 272 dB Dynamic Range
Philips ClearVue 550 Electrical Power
Voltage: 100 to 240 VAC
Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz
Power consumed: 300VA
Heat dissipation: <700 BTUs/hour (fully loaded)
Philips ClearVue 550 revisions
Philips first launched the ClearVue 550 in 2012 as version 1.0. The 2.0 update made image quality updates and bug fixes. The 3.0 update added the L12-5 38 linear transducer and upgraded the monitor from 17” to 19”. Version 3.1 added support for the V6-2 4D convex and 3D9-3v 4D endovaginal probes, and added optional 3D fetal echo STIC, strain-based elastography, FloVue, QLAB GI 3DQ, QLAB IMT, Stress, and standard Auto Face Reveal.
Revisions of the Philips ClearVue 550
Philips ClearVue 550 (Rev 1.0)
Philips ClearVue 550 (Rev 2.0)
Philips ClearVue 550 (Rev 3.0)
Philips ClearVue 550 (Rev 3.1)
Common configurations of the ClearVue 550
- Philips ClearVue 550 with 3 transducers
This is a General imaging (GI) and Women’s health configuration
- Philips ClearVue 550 with 2 transducers
This is a Cardio/Vascular configuration
S4-1 Cardiac Sector
Philips ClearVue 550 probes / transducers
Advanced Philips ClearVue 550 transducers: 4D
Version 3.0 of the Philips ClearVue 550 (released in 2015) supports two new 4D transducers; the [ 2 – 6 MHz ] V6-2 4D convex is useful not only for creating a 3D baby face image, but more importantly to speed up routine OB/GYN exams by allowing for an entire exam’s worth of 2D images in multiple planes and slices to be captured in a few seconds. The [ 3 – 9 MHz ] 3D9-3v 4D endovaginal transducer also speeds scanning time which reduces patient discomfort but more importantly the 4D endovaginal probe can capture the C-plane of the uterus, something a 2D probe cannot do. This allows for diagnostic certainty in evaluation of a cervical cerclage, placement of an IUD, or a bicornuate uterus where there is a question of only otherwise available through CT or MRI!
Popular ClearVue 550 transducers
ClearVue 550 comparison with other Philips systems
The Philips ClearVue 550 was launched in 2012 as the modular, next generation replacement for the HD series ultrasound machines, specifically the popular HD7xe. The ClearVue 550 is much more compact and light, and has a larger monitor compared to the HD7 and HD7xe. Though transducer selection is more limited than the HD7xe, the ClearVue 550 now offers 4D and several advanced features such as blood flow in gray scale imaging and stress echo that were never available on the HD7xe. The ClearVue 650 and ClearVue 850 are positioned above the premium economy-level 550 in price and features. The lower cost HD5 is positioned below the Philips ClearVue 550 in price and features.
Philips ClearVue 550 vs ClearVue 350
The Philips ClearVue 550 and the ClearVue 350 were launched at the same time and at the beginning there were features and image quality differences between the early revisions, but as of version 3.1 the only differences are that the 350 does not have the standard articulating arm that the ClearVue550. The two are visually identical except for the monitor arm.
Other brands competing with the ClearVue 550
The closest competitor to the Philips ClearVue 550 from GE would be the Logiq P5 PE which has a very different set of benefits. The ClearVue 550’s strengths are it’s intuitive workflow and design including a larger monitor and image quality supported by technology that has migrated from more expensive Philips units, and cost-effectiveness as an entry-level system. Meanwhile the Logiq P5 has a much broader selection of transducers than the ClearVue 550, allowing it to function in many specialty applications. The closest competitor to the ClearVue 550 from Siemens is the X300 PE, which is more expensive, but like the Logiq P5 offers a broader set of transducers and features than the ClearVue 550. The 550 meanwhile has better greyscale image quality due to newer speckle reduction and image compounding, but the X300 PE has better Doppler sensitivity and access to TEE and ICE transducers. The Samsung R7 is another competitor though the R7 only competes in women’s health and general imaging unlike the ClearVue 550, which is a true shared-service ultrasound machine. The R7 is less expensive than the 550 but has the same monitor size and articulating arm. For scanning effeciency in the most common exams the ClearVue 550 is superior to all competitors, but it is not the best choice for less common specialty imaging situations.
Philips ClearVue 550 Features:
19” fold-down LCD monitor on fully articulating, tilt and swivel arm
Four transducer ports
2D Opt signal processing with 2X multi-line parallel processing and frequency compounding
iSCAN intelligent optimization
Active Native Data
Intelligent Doppler Imaging
Active Array technology
Broadband beamforming and advanced signal processing
Advanced Doppler and color Doppler capabilities
Configurable reports and analysis
OB workflow enhancements
Cineloop review: up to 1,200 frames of 2D and color images
High Q automatic Doppler analysis
Clinical option analysis packages: General imaging, Ob/Gyn and fertility, Cardiac, Vascular.
320 GB hard drive space
DVD/CD drive with write and read capabilities
Extensive image management capability
1 three-lead ECG input
Continuous Wave Doppler (CW)
DICOM networking option
DICOM Structured Reporting
Grayscale Freehand 3D
SonoCT image compounding
XRES (Speckle Reduction Imaging)
3D Fetal Echo STIC
High Q automatic Doppler analysis
Tissue harmonic imaging with pulse inversion
High Q automatic Doppler analysis
XFOV (Philips Panoramic)
Pulse inversion Harmonic (PIH)
QLAB – GI 3DQ
QLAB – IMT
Advanced system automation
Philips ClearVue 550 technology definitions:
iSCAN intelligent optimization: Automatic one-button global image optimization standard on the ClearVue 550 through AI adjustment of TGC, Doppler and receiver gain, compression curve, Doppler PRF, and Doppler baseline.
AutoSCAN: An efficiency feature on the ClearVue 550 that automatically and continuously optimizes the brightness of the image at the default gain and TGC settings for the best image display. It can be turned on and off.
Active native data: This is a software tool that enables image processing, quick data re-acquisition, and image analysis with same resolution and same frame rates of the original images. On the ClearVue 550 it is available in 2D mode, PW & CW Doppler, Color Doppler, and Physio. Active native data helps shorten total exam duration, improves clinical workflow by post-processing, and reduces the time needed to have the probe on the patient.
Live Compare: This feature allows for the recall of current or previous exam image data for direct side-by-side comparison with current live image data.
Auto Doppler: This time saving feature on the ClearVue 550 automates repetitive tasks for pulsed wave Doppler calculation to speed up and simplify standard vascular exams. This reduces repetitive button pushes by an average of 67.9 percent.
Intelligent Doppler imaging: This feature automatically maintains optimal angle-to-flow to assist in delivering consistent Doppler velocity measurements. Intelligent Doppler is available with vascular and general imaging application packages and only with a linear transducer.
Adaptive Doppler: A feature on the ClearVue 550 that boosts weak signals to enhance spectrum visibility and pulsed-wave audio signals for enhanced flow assessment.
Grayscale freehand 3D: Volume images created by piecing together multiple passes of the transducer into a static 3D image shown in grayscale. This does not require a 4D transducer to create, and is not shown in real-time.
SonoCT image compounding: Real-time compound imaging on the Philips ClearVue 550 that obtains multiple coplanar, tomographic images from different viewing angles, then combines them into a single compound image at real-time frame rates.
XRES adaptive image processing: Real-time speckle reduction standard on the ClearVue 550 that also enhances edge definition.
Tissue Harmonic Imaging with pulse inversion: The ClearVue 550 uses system processing of secondary harmonic frequencies in tissue incorporating these with a patented pulse inversion phase cancellation technology for high detail resolution during harmonic imaging.
iSCAN intelligent optimization: Automatic one-button global image optimization for 2D and Color Doppler on the ClearVue 550 through AI adjustment of TGC, Doppler and receiver gain, compression curve, Doppler PRF, and Doppler baseline.
High Q automatic Doppler analysis: Automatic real-time and retrospective value measurements and calculations for cardiovascular applications.
XFOV (Philips Panoramic imaging): This ClearVue 550 technology give real-time extended field-of-view composite images, in fundamental and SonoCT modes.
QLAB IMT: This QLAB tool makes measurement of intima media thickness in carotids and superficial vessels quick and consistent.
QLAB 3DQ GI: This QLAB tool on the ClearVue 550 allows viewing, quantification, cropping, rotation, and measurements of 3D image data sets.
SmartExam protocols: Step-by-step user customizable protocols on the ClearVue 550 that can help speed exams and increase consistency.
Philips ClearVue 550 Accessories
Sony UPD-897MD Digital Black & white thermal printer
Sony UPD-898MD Digital Black & white thermal printer
Sony UPX-898MD Digital Black & white thermal printer
Sony UPD-25MD Digital Color thermal printer
Mitsubishi P95DW Digital Black & white thermal printer
Mitsubishi CP30DW Digital Color thermal printer
Sony DVO-1000 DVD Recorder
CIVCO disposable biopsy guides (for Convex, Linear and Endo-cavity transducers)
Philips ClearVue 550 Supplies
Aquasonic ultrasound gel
Sono ultrasound wipes
Sony UPP-110HG thermal printing paper
Sony UPC-21L color thermal printing pack
Mitsubishi CK30L printing paper
Mitsubishi K95HG high gloss thermal printing paper
Philips ClearVue 550 ports
4 transducer ports
1 three-lead ECG input
3 USB ports
Philips ClearVue 550 Imaging Modes
Philips Microfine 2D focusing
Philips Color Power Angio (CPA)
Pulsed wave Doppler
High PRF pulsed wave Doppler (PW)
Continuous wave Doppler (CW)
Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI)
Color compare mode
Tissue Harmonic Imaging
Pulse Inversion Harmonic
Adaptive color Doppler
Philips ClearVue 550 Applications:
Small parts and superficial
Pediatric (head, hips)
Urology and prostate
Gynecology and fertility
Vascular (Cerebrovascular, Peripheral vascular)
Cardiac (Adult, Pediatric)