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Philips ClearVue 550 Ultrasound Machine

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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.

Overview

Application training for the 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.

ClearVue 550 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.

ClearVue 550 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 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: 450VA

Power consumed: 300VA

Heat dissipation: <700 BTUs/hour (fully loaded)

Revisions

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.

All 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

    C5-2 Convex

    C9-3v Endovaginal

    L12-4 Linear

  • Philips ClearVue 550 with 2 transducers

    This is a Cardio/Vascular configuration

    S4-1 Cardiac Sector

    L12-4 Linear

Probes

All Philips ClearVue 550 probes / transducers

Convex: C5-2 [ 2 – 5 MHz ]

4D convex: V6-2 [ 2 – 6 MHz ] 55mmR, 66° field of view

Endocavitary: C9-4v [ 4 – 9 MHz ] End-fire sector, 11mmR, 180° field of view

4D Endocavitary: 3D9-3v [ 3 – 9 MHz ] 11.5mmR, 150° field of view

Linear: L12-4 [ 4 – 12 MHz ] 21° of trapezoidal imaging

Linear L12-5 38 [ 5 – 12 MHz ] 192 elements,

Cardiac sector: S4-1 [ 1 – 4 MHz ]

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

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

The [ 2 – 5 MHz ] C5-2 is the most popular convex transducer for the ClearVue 550, followed by the S4-1 [ 1 – 4 MHz ] adult cardiac sector probe and the [ 4 – 12 MHz ] L12-4 linear transducer.

Competitors

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.

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 :No

Auto NT Measurement (=Sono NT)

:No

Auto Follicle 2D Measurement:No

Auto Follicle 3D Measurement:No

Auto IMT:No

Auto IMT (Real Time):No

Automated B/M/D Measurement:No

Automated LH Measurement(Automated Function Imaging(AFI), Cardiac Motion Quantification(CMQ), or Auto EF(Ejection Fraction):No

Live Dual (B/BC) Mode:Yes

SmartExam or Scan Assistant:Yes

Fusion:No

Raw Data File:No

Flexible Report:Yes

Barcode Reader:Yes

Gel Warmer:No

Transducers

Convex (1~6Mhz):Yes(C5-2)

Convex (2~9Mhz):No

Single Crystal Convex (1~6Mhz):No

Single Crystal Convex (2~9Mhz):No

2D Arrary 3D Convex (1~6Mhz):No

Micro Convex (5~8Mhz):No

Single Crystal Endocavity_Straight Type (3~10Mhz):

Endocavity_Curved Type (5~8Mhz):Yes(C9-4v)

3D Convex (2~6Mhz):Option(V6-2)

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

3D Endocavity (3~10Mhz):Yes(3D9-3v)

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

3D Linear (4~18Mhz):No

Linear (>14Mhz):No

Linear (3~12Mhz):Yes(L12-4/L12-5)

Linear (<9Mhz):No

Single Crystal Linear (>14Mhz):No

Single Crystal Linear (3~12Mhz):No

Single Crystal Linear (<9Mhz):No

Linear 50mm:No

Linear 25mm:No

Hockey stick (<13Mhz):No

Hockey stick (>13Mhz):No

T or L shape Intra Operative:No

Phased Array_Adult (1~5Mhz):Yes(S4-1)

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

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

Phased Array_Pediatric (3~8hz):No

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

Phased Array_Neonate (4~12Mhz):No

ICE (Intracardiac Echo Cardiography):No

TEE_Adult (3-7Mhz):No

TEE_Pediatric (3~7Mhz):No

2D Array 3D TEE (2~7Mhz):No

Pencil CW (2Mhz):Yes

Pencil CW (5 or 6Mhz):No

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:No

Freehand 3D:Yes

Live 3/4D OB/GYN:No

HD Live:No

STIC (Spatio-Temporal Image Correlation):No

Live 3D Echo:No

Stress Echo:No

Strain and Strain Rate (Cardiac):No

B Flow:No

Panoramic Imaging (=Logiq view):Yes

Contrast Imaging – Cardiac:No

Contrast Imaging – General Imaging:No

Strain-based Elastography:No

Shear Wave Elastography:No

Applications

Abdominal:Yes

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

OB:Yes

Fetal Echo:Yes(Option)

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:No

Echocardiography_Pediatric:Yes

Echocardiography_Neonate:No

Stress Echocardiography:No

Transesophageal Echo_Adult:No

Transesophageal Echo_Pediatric:No

Internal Medicine w/ Shared Service:Yes

Surgury:No

Interventional Radiology:No

Contrast Imaging _ General Imaging (Low MI):No

Contrast Imaging _ Cardiac (High or Low MI):No

Bowel Imaging:No

Strain Elastography:No

Shear Wave Elastography:No

Brands

Philips

Condition

Refurbished

Type

Fixed

System Overview

Year Launched: 2012
Estimated Market Price ($): Economy
Monitor (inch):19″(17″) LCD
Tilt/Rotate Adjustable Monitor: Yes
Monitor Resolution:1280*1024
Image Size Resolution:
Touch Screen (Inch):No
Trackball or Trackpad: Trackball
CP Back-Lighting:Yes
Weight:115 lbs(52kg)
Probe Ports:4
Battery:No
Boot-Up Time:
Sleep Mode (Quick Start):No
Maximum Depth of Field:30cm
Minimum Depth of Field:
Cart (HCU):No
Independent Steer & Lockable Wheels:Yes

Connectivity

DICOM 3.0:Yes(Option)
DICOM SR_Cardiac:Yes
DICOM SR_Vascular :Yes
DICOM SR_OB/GYN:Yes
JPEG, WMV, & AVI:Yes
USB:Yes(3)
HDD/SDD:320GB
DVD/CD RW:Yes
Wireless LAN:No

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