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Philips debuts portable ultrasound system at RSNA

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | November 28, 2022
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Philips' Compact 5000 Series ultrasound system (Photo courtesy of Philips)
Philips has launched its new 5000 Compact Series ultrasound, a portable solution designed with the diagnostic image quality of premium cart-based ultrasound systems.

Debuting at the Radiological Society of North America 2022 annual meeting, the solution can be transported anywhere in the hospital as opposed to cart-based systems, which are usually limited to one specific department. This, in turn, eliminates the need to move patients to different areas of the hospital, keeping them satisfied and preventing logistical issues that limit patient throughput.

Additionally, the system’s portability and versatility do not compromise image quality or performance, allowing it to provide first-time-right ultrasound scans to patients with cardiovascular, obstetrics, gynecological, point of care and general imaging needs.

It also utilizes the intuitive interface and workflow of Philips’ cart-based systems, EPIQ Elite and Affiniti and is fully compatible with each one’s transducers, making it simple to operate for clinicians.

"It has the user interface, workflow and the simplification of the amount of push buttons that you need for a simplified workflow, all integrated and improved. The design is also new and robust. For quantification and for workflow steps, it has AI incorporated that the other ultrasound platforms designed by Philips have as well," Kees Wesdorp, chief business leader of precision diagnosis and member of the executive committee at Philips, told HCB News during Philips' virtual RSNA international media roundtable.

The system comes with an optional battery that powers 2.5 hours of scanning time and can power up 20% faster, to be deployed as soon as possible at a patient’s side in situations where every second counts.

The console has 33% fewer hard keys, and a fully sealed control panel facilitates easy disinfection and cleaning protocols. It also has AI-powered automation tools, such as autonomous imaging which reduces manual steps needed in the image capture process.

Philips Collaboration Live secure real-time telemedicine software is another feature that incorporates additional clinical expertise via secure voice, text, screen sharing and video streaming from anywhere using a mobile or internet connection. Collaboration Live allows remote users to control the unit’s setting to acquire diagnostic quality images, and reduce follow-up scans and the need to transport patients to a central hospital facility.

The solution is meant to complement the company’s other diagnostic ultrasound systems, including its ultra-mobile Lumify handheld ultrasound; hand-carried tablet InnoSight; ClearVue; Affiniti; and EPIQ Elite platforms.

“We find the system to be extremely user friendly, particularly as it matches that of our EPIQ Elites we also have in our clinic. With the added battery, it also gives us the flexibility to move between patients more quickly,” said Dr. Marcela Böhm-Vélez, a radiologist and president of Weinstein Imaging Associates, in Pittsburgh, in a statement.

The Compact 5000 Series is FDA cleared and is pending CE marking.

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