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Philips has been growing it’s diagnostic ultrasound division steadily since it acquired ATL in 1998. It has quickly jumped to prominence by improving and greatly expanding upon ATL’s already popular systems. Currently Philips is a top level brand on par in quality if not quantity with GE. There are 11 different Philips ultrasound machines currently in production, 6 that are going out of production this year and 9 discontinued models are also compared here.

Philips Epiq ultrasound machines

The Philips Epiq line was debuted in 2013 as the replacement to the extremely popular “i” lineup of premium level ultrasound machines. Like the iE33 and the iU22, the Epiq line was meant as the top of the line showcase for Philips’ new technology and features. The Epiq line turned out to be far more reliable at launch than their precursors. Though expensive, if you need the very best in Cardiovascular and Shared Service ultrasound, the Epiq line should be at the top of your list. The Epiq 7 and 5 look identical except for a few color differences in the case. The Epiq 7 has the xMatrix and Purewave probes while the less expensive 5 has only the single crystal Purewave probes

current lineup

The most expensive premium machines are at the top and they become less expensive, with less features the farther down the list you go. Ultrasounds with a check mark by them are top-rated in our best ultrasound machines buyer’s guide.

Philips Epiq 7: The replacement for the iE33 but with a more shared service focus
Philips Epiq 5: The replacement for the iU22, with a few fewer features than the 7

Premium Philips ultrasound machines that are going out of production:
Philips iE33: The best selling premium cardiac ultrasound machine for a decade
Philips iU22: A top selling premium shared service ultrasound machine

Philips Affiniti ultrasound machines

The Affiniti ultrasound line replaces the top tier of the HD series; HD15 and HD11xe, but look almost identical to the more expensive Epiq ultrasounds. The Affiniti line launched in 2014 represented a trickle down technology approach along with cost saving measures to reach the high-end and midrange price points. This means that the Affiniti 70 and Affiniti 50 outclass everything in their segments outside of 4D for OB. They provide tremendous value as they use many of the same features and technologies as the Epiq line but at a much lower price. The Affiniti 70 and 50 differ externally only in color and the articulating arm of the more expensive 70.

current lineup

ultrasound machines are at the top and they become less expensive, with less features the farther down the list you go. Ultrasounds with a check mark by them are top-rated in our best ultrasound machines buyer’s guide.

Philips Affiniti 70: Replacement for the HD15 with several single crystal probes
Philips Affiniti 50: Replacement for the HD11xe with Epiq-based architecture

High-end & Midrange Philips ultrasound machines going out of production :
Philips HD15: Single crystal probes and compact size for a high-end machine
Philips HD11xe: The best selling midrange shared service machine for a decade

Philips ClearVue

The ClearVue product line was launched in 2012 as an energy-efficient, easy to maintain, modular system that would cover the Economy to Midrange segments previously covered by the HD series. The ClearVue 350 and ClearVue 550 were meant to replace the very popular HD7 and HD7xe though both would be produced side by side for several years. Earlier ClearVue models image quality actually suffered from cost cutting measures and was inferior in ways to the older HD7xe until recent versions. The new ClearVue 650 came later in 2014 as a replacement to the HD9 by adding 4D for OB/GYN to the ClearVue 550. The Philips Sparq was launched in 2011 as a precursor to the ClearVue series and remains a separate product though they clearly look similar in exterior design.

current lineup

expensive midrange machines are at the top and feature depth and price get smaller the farther down you go. Ultrasounds with a check mark by them are top-rated in our best ultrasound machines buyer’s guides.

Philips Sparq: Specialized for the operating room and PoC, a very small console
Philips ClearVue 650 : Replacement for the HD9 with 4D, looks identical to the 550
Philips ClearVue 550 : Light, compact, shared service replacement for the HD7xe
Philips ClearVue 350 : Replacement for the HD7, Like the 550 but no monitor arm

Midrange & Economy Philips ultrasound machines going out of production:
Philips HD7xe: Extremely popular and powerful economy cardiovascular unit

Midrange & Economy Philips ultrasound machines no longer in production:
Philips HD9: Philips version of the Medison X8 to provide an economic 4D model

Philips HD series ultrasound

The Philips HD series was a vast expansion of the previous product line to provide different feature sets at many different price points. The HD line looked visually similar despite large differences in performance and features.

The HD15 is a high-end ultrasound and the only HD series with the advanced single crystal probes. It remains popular though it’s been in production for nearly a decade and has no touchscreen like most in it’s class. The HD11xe was the best selling ultrasound machine Philips made, the highest selling in the midrange cardiovascular segment, but like all Philips machines it is a true shared service machine performing 4D and cardiac and has a dizzying selection of probes from the aforementioned 4D convex to TEE and intraoperative probes. The HD11xe is still an ultrasound machine that can do anything, and has the DNA of the Envisor HD and HDI 5000, which came before it. The HD 7xe is an economy version of the HD11xe with good imaging though no TEE or 4D probes. The HD7 and HD6 were nearly identical, though the HD6 was slightly newer and short lived.

The HD9 and HD3 were actually manufactured by Medison and used the SonoAce X8 and SonoAce R3/R5 as their hardware. Though they looked very different on the outside, internally the HD9 and X8 or HD3 and R3/R5 were so similar that they could use the same probes interchangeably.

The HD series currently continues in production only with the newly launched HD5 which borrows ClearVue styling but has hardware similar to the HD6 that preceded it. The HD5 is the most economical Philips unit in production and continues to be refined. Just like the ClearVue lineup the HD5 has a very limited amount of available probes. All of the HD series except the HD9 and HD3 which saw limited production are still available as used and refurbished units with a very good price to performance ratio.

current lineup

high-end machines are at the top and going down in features, size and price the farther down the list you go. Ultrasounds with a check mark by them are top-rated in our best Cardiac ultrasound machines or best Shared service ultrasound machines buyer’s guides.

Philips HD5: New version of the HD6 that looks similar to the ClearVue line

Philips HD series ultrasound machines going out of production:
Philips HD15: Single crystal probes and compact size for a high-end machine
Philips HD11xe: The best selling midrange shared service machine for a decade
Philips HD7xe: Extremely popular and powerful economy cardiovascular unit

Philips HD series ultrasound machines no longer in production:
Philips HD9: Philips version of the Medison X8 to provide an economic 4D model

Philips Portable Ultrasound

Philips broke into the portable market in 2008 with the CX50, which to this day remains the most advanced portable made. It has been improved over the years and still has the most powerful features, and the highest quality probes. “CX” stands for “Compact xTream” and with the popularity of the CX50 Philips later launched the CX30 in 2011. This unit looked identical to the CX50 but used less costly transducers and a reduced feature set. The CX30 was discontinued in 2014. In 2014 Philips debuted the Visiq, a tablet style portable meant to compete with the GE Venue 40.

current lineup

The most expensive ultrasound machines are listed first at the top then decrease in features, size and price the farther down the list you go. Ultrasounds with a check mark by them are top-rated in our best portable ultrasound machines buyer’s guide.

Philips CX50: The most advanced portable ultrasound with 4D in the world

Philips portable ultrasound machines no longer in production:
Philips CX30: Identical to the CX50 with less expensive probes & no TEE

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