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Philips Affiniti 50 Ultrasound Machine

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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.

Overview

Application training for the Philips Affiniti 50

KPI’s on-staff sonographer can provide onsite applications training or remote training via video conference at a set price plus travel costs. A pre-recorded video training course is included in the sale, lease or rental of the Philips Affiniti 50 from KPI ultrasound.

Philips Affiniti 50 Service options

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.

Philips Affiniti 50 Maintenance

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 Affiniti 50 Dimensions & Weight

Height: (adjustable, maximum) 1626 mm (64 in), (minimum) 1422 mm (56 in)

Width: 572 mm (22.5 in)

Depth: 983 mm (38.7 in)

Weight: (no peripherals) 83.6 kg (184.4 lbs.), approx. 325 lbs. with packaging

Affiniti 50 Specifications

Powerful distributed multi-core processing architecture

Up to 4,718,592 total digital channels

Image presentation: Depth from 1 cm to 30 cm (transducer-dependent)

Up to 280 dB digital broadband acoustic beamforming

Philips Affiniti 50 Electrical power

Voltage: 100V-240V

Frequency 50/60 Hz

Power consumption: <289 VA depending on system configuration

Revisions

Philips Affiniti 50 Revisions

Philips first launched the Affiniti 70 in 2014 as their new high-end shared service ultrasound machine, replacing the older HD15. As of 2016, the Affiniti 70 has not yet had a major revision, and only minor software updates have been released. The Affiniti series has had one of the most trouble-free launches in Philips history, being built from what was learned in the first year of fixes for the premium Epiq line.

All revisions of the Philips Affiniti 50

Philips Affiniti 50 (Rev 1.0)

Common configurations of the Affiniti 50

  • Philips Affiniti 50 with 3 transducers

    This is a General imaging (GI) and Women’s health configuration

    C6-2 Convex

    C9-4v Endovaginal

    L12-4 Linear

  • Philips Affiniti 70 with 3 transducers

    This is a Shared Service Cardiac – GI configuration

    S4-2 Cardiac Sector

    L12-4 Linear

Probes

All Philips Affiniti 50 Probes / Transducers

Endocavitary: C9-4v [ 4 – 9 MHz ] 128 elements, 10mmR, 181° field of view

Endocavitary: C10-4ec [ 4 – 10 MHz ] 128 elements, 8mmR, 147° field of view

Bi-plane Endocavitary: BP10-5ec [ 5 – 10 MHz ] 96 elements, 8.8mmR, 150° field of view

PureWave Endocavitary: C10-3v [ 3 – 10 MHz ] 128 elements, 11.5mmR, 163° field of view

Convex: C6-2 [ 2 – 6 MHz ] 128 elements, 10mmR, 63.7° field of view

Convex: C8-5 [ 5 – 8 MHz ] 128 elements, 14mmR, 122° field of view

4D Convex: V6-2 [ 2 – 6 MHz ] 192 elements, 55mmR, 100° x 85° volume field of view

4D Endocavitary: 3D9-3v [ 3 – 9 MHz ] 128 elements, 26.1mm, 156° x 85° volume field of view

4D Linear: VL13-5 [ 5 – 13 MHz ] 192 elements, 38.4mm, 38 mm x 30° volume field of view

Linear: L18-5 [ 5 – 18 MHz ] 288 elements, 38.9mm, ultra-fine pitch

Intraoperative Linear: L15-7io [ 7 – 15 MHz ] 128 elements, 23mm,

Linear: L12-5 50 [ 5 – 12 MHz ] 256 elements, 50mm, fine pitch

Linear:L12-3 [ 3 – 12 MHz ] 160 elements, 38mm, fine angle steering

Linear: L12-4 [ 4 – 12 MHz ] 128 elements, 34mm, fine angle steering

Cardiac Sector: S4-2 [ 2 – 4 MHz ] 80 elements, 5mm

PureWave Cardiac Sector: S5-1 [ 1 – 5 MHz ] 80 elements, 20.3mm

Pediatric Cardiac Sector: S8-3 [ 3 – 8 MHz ] 96 elements, 15.4mm

Neonatal Cardiac Sector: S12-4 [ 4 – 12 MHz ] 96 elements, 9.78mm

Pediatric TEE transesophegeal: S7-3t [ 3 – 7 MHz ] 48 elements, 5mm

xMATRIX TEE transesophegeal: X7-2t [ 2 – 7 MHz ] 2,500 elements

Pedoff (CW Transducer): D5cwc [ 5 MHz ] Deep venous and arterial applications, non-imaging

Pedoff (CW Transducer): D2cwc [ 2 MHz ] Adult cardiology applications, non-imaging

Pedoff (PW Transducer): D2tcd [ 2 MHz ] Transcranial Doppler applications, non-imaging

Affiniti 50 Transducers: 4D & Matrix

The Philips Affiniti 50 supports four advanced single crystal PureWave transducers; the [ 1 – 5 MHz ] C5-1 convex, the [ 2 – 9 MHz ] C9-2 convex meant for pediatric work, the [ 3 – 10 MHz ] C10-3v endovaginal, and the [ 1 – 5 MHz ] S5-1 cardiac sector probe. The Affiniti 70 also supports two transesophegeal or TEE probes, the [ 3 – 7 MHz ] S7-3t pediatric and the [ 2 – 7 MHz ] X7-2t adult. The X7-2t is an xMatrix transducer but on the Affiniti 70 it only functions in 2D mode. The Epiq line and the CX50 however can use the full xPlane and 4D functions of the X7-2t. The Philips Affiniti 70 also has the [ 5 – 10 MHz ] biplane endocavitary probe that allows scanning in 2 planes without moving the transducer. Another specialty transducer is the [ 7 – 15 MHz ] L15-7io intraoperative linear, also known as a “hockey stick” probe for it’s distinctive shape that allows it to fit into tight surgical applications or small parts scanning.

Popular Philips Affiniti 50 Probes

The popular probes for the Affiniti 50 are several thousand dollars less expensive than the popular single crystal probes of the Affiniti 70. The [ 2 – 6 MHz ] C6-2 is the most popular convex probe for the Affiniti 50 while the [ 4 – 9 MHz ] C9-4v is the most popular endovaginal. The [ 4 – 12 MHz ] L12-4 is the most popular linear on the Affiniti 50 because it is affordable, and strong in both vascular and MSK imaging. For cardiac scanning the [ 2 – 4 MHz ] S4-2 sector probe is the most commonly selected.

Competitors

How the Affiniti 50 compares with other Philips systems

The Philips Affiniti 50 was launched in 2014 as the successor to the immensely popular HD11xe. The Affiniti 50 improves upon the HD11xe with a 21.5” monitor compared to 17”, a touchscreen for navigation, improved processor speed and more transducers. The Affiniti 50 was designed from the Epiq series and looks very similar to them, being only smaller in the size of the lower body of the ultrasound machine. The monitor, touchscreen and keyboard are identical to the Epiq line of systems. The Affiniti 70 is positioned just above the Affiniti 50 in price and includes Shearwave elastography, single crystal probes, and an articulated monitor arm. The ClearVue 850 is positioned just below the Affiniti 50 in price and features but uses a completely different probe set and was built from a completely different, more economical platform.

Philips Affiniti 70 vs Affiniti 50

The Affiniti 50 and 70 were launched at the same time and look virtually identical on the outside, with only a minor color difference in the main body. The Affiniti 70 is positioned just above the Affiniti 50 in price and sacrifices the PureWave transducers and ShearWave elastography, another difference is the L12-3 high quality linear transducer that is not available on Affiniti 50.If you are willing to pay for the more expensive single crystal probes or the shearwave elastography then the Affiniti 70 is an excellent deal, but if not then the Philips Affiniti 50 is the most feature-rich midrange ultrasound machine available.

Other brands competing with the Affiniti 70

The closest competitor to the Philips Affiniti 50 from GE would be the Logiq P6 premium, as both are shared service ultrasound machines capable of all applications. However the Voluson P8, and Vivid S5 would be similar competitors in women’s health, and cardiac respectively. The Affiniti 50 feels superior to the Logiq P6 in speed, resolution, monitor size and it has a touchscreen.The Affiniti 50 menus seem cleaner and more modern as well. The H60 would be the closest competitor from Samsung, though it’s strength is much more lopsided in 4D and women’s health with only minor support for cardiac and general imaging compared to the more robust Affiniti 50. Most importantly the Affinti 50 has noticeably better image quality than competing systems from other brands. The Siemens X300 PE offers a few probe choices such as ICE that are not available on the Affiniti 50, and offers the same breadth of applications support as the Affiniti 50, but does not have the touchscreen, large monitor or quite the same feature depth as the Affiniti 50.

Features

Tissue Harmonic Imaging : Yes

Spatial Compounding(=CrossXbeam) : Yes

Speckle Reduction (=SRI) : Yes

Auto Image Opt(B mode) : Yes

Auto Image Opt(Doppler): Yes

Write Zoom: Yes

Triplex Mode: Yes

Needle Enhancement or Needle Recognition :Yes

Auto NT Measurement (=Sono NT)

:Yes

Auto Follicle 2D Measurement:Yes

Auto Follicle 3D Measurement:No

Auto IMT:Yes

Auto IMT (Real Time):No

Automated B/M/D Measurement:Yes

Automated LH Measurement(Automated Function Imaging(AFI), Cardiac Motion Quantification(CMQ), or Auto EF(Ejection Fraction):Yes

Live Dual (B/BC) Mode:Yes

SmartExam or Scan Assistant:Yes

Independent Steer & Lockable Wheels:Yes

Fusion:No

Raw Data File:Yes

Flexible Report:Yes

Barcode Reader:Yes

Gel Warmer:No

Transducers

Convex (1~6Mhz):Yes

Convex (2~9Mhz):No

Single Crystal Convex (1~6Mhz):No

Single Crystal Convex (2~9Mhz):No

2D Arrary 3D Convex (1~6Mhz):Yes

Micro Convex (5~8Mhz):Yes

Single Crystal Endocavity_Straight Type (3~10Mhz):No

Endocavity_Curved Type (5~8Mhz):Yes

3D Convex (2~6Mhz):Yes

3D Convex Light Weight (2~7Mhz):No

3D Endocavity (3~10Mhz):Yes

3D Micro Convex (3~9Mhz):No

3D Linear (4~18Mhz):Yes

Linear (>14Mhz):Yes

Linear (3~12Mhz):Yes

Linear (<9Mhz):Yes

Single Crystal Linear (>14Mhz):No

Single Crystal Linear (3~12Mhz):No

Single Crystal Linear (<9Mhz):No

Linear 50mm:Yes

Linear 25mm:No

Hockey stick (<13Mhz):Yes

Hockey stick (>13Mhz):Yes

T or L shape Intra Operative:Yes

Phased Array_Adult (1~5Mhz):Yes

Single Crystal Phased Array_Adult (1~5Mhz):No

2D Arrary 3D Phased Array (1~5Mhz):No

Phased Array_Pediatric (3~8hz):Yes

Single Crystal Phased Array_Pediatric (3~8hz):No

Phased Array_Neonate (4~12Mhz):Yes

ICE (Intracardiac Echo Cardiography):No

TEE_Adult (3-7Mhz):Yes

TEE_Pediatric (3~7Mhz):Yes

2D Array 3D TEE (2~7Mhz):Yes

Pencil CW (2Mhz):Yes

Pencil CW (5 or 6Mhz):Yes

Imaging Modes

2D, M mode:Yes

M-color Flow Mode:Yes

Anatomical M-mode:Yes

Trapezoidal Mode:Yes

Color, Power Angio, Pulse Wave Doppler:Yes

Bi-directional Power (=HD FLOW):Yes

SCW Doppler:Yes

Tissue Doppler(Velocity) Imaging:Yes

Freehand 3D:Yes

Live 3/4D OB/GYN:Yes

HD Live:No

STIC (Spatio-Temporal Image Correlation):Yes

Live 3D Echo:No

Stress Echo:Yes

Strain and Strain Rate (Cardiac):Yes

B Flow:No

Panoramic Imaging (=Logiq view):Yes

Contrast Imaging – Cardiac:Yes

Contrast Imaging – General Imaging:Yes

Strain-based Elastography:Yes

Shear Wave Elastography:No

Applications

Abdominal:Yes

Women’s Health Care (GYN & Breast):Yes

OB:Yes

Fetal Echo:Yes

Vascular:Yes

TCD(Transcranial):Yes

Small Parts (Breast, Thyroid, Testis…):Yes

MSK/Anesthesiology:Yes

Pediatrics:Yes

Urology (Renal, Prostate…):Yes

Echocardiography_Adult:Yes

Interventional Cardiology:Yes

Echocardiography_Pediatric:Yes

Echocardiography_Neonate:Yes

Stress Echocardiography:Yes

Transesophageal Echo_Adult:Yes

Transesophageal Echo_Pediatric:Yes

Internal Medicine w/ Shared Service:Yes

Surgury:Yes

Interventional Radiology:Yes

Contrast Imaging _ General Imaging (Low MI):Yes

Contrast Imaging _ Cardiac (High or Low MI): Yes

Bowel Imaging:Yes

Strain Elastography:Yes

Shear Wave Elastography:No

Brands

Philips

Condition

Refurbished

Type

Fixed

System Overview

Year Launched: 2014
Estimated Market Price ($): Mid
Monitor (inch): 21.5″
Tilt/Rotate Adjustable Monitor: Yes
Monitor Resolution:
Image Size Resolution: 1024*768
Touch Screen (Inch): 12″
Trackball or Trackpad: Trackball
CP Back-Lighting:Yes
Weight:184.4lbs(83.5kg)
Probe Ports: 4
Battery:40min
Boot-Up Time:110sec
Sleep Mode (Quick Start):20sec
Maximum Depth of Field:30cm
Minimum Depth of Field:2cm
Cart (HCU):No
Independent Steer & Lockable Wheels:Yes

Connectivity

DICOM 3.0:Yes
DICOM SR_Cardiac:Yes
DICOM SR_Vascular :Yes
DICOM SR_OB/GYN:Yes
JPEG, WMV, & AVI:Yes
USB:Yes
HDD/SDD:512GB
DVD/CD RW:Yes
Wireless LAN:Yes

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