Philips Affiniti 50 Ultrasound Machine
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.Get Price Quote
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
Frequency 50/60 Hz
Power consumption: < 289 VA depending on system configuration
Philips Affiniti 50 Revisions
Philips first launched the Affiniti 50 in 2014 as their new midrange shared service ultrasound machine, replacing the older HD11xe. As of 2016, the Affiniti 50 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
Philips Affiniti 50 with 2 transducers
This is a Cardiovascular configuration
S4-2 Cardiac Sector
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
Biplane Endocavitary BP10-5ec [ 5 – 10 MHz ] 96 elements, 8.8mmR, 150° field of view
Convex C8-5 [ 5 – 8 MHz ] 128 elements, 14mmR, 122° field of view
Convex C6-2 [ 2 – 6 MHz ] 128 elements, 10mmR, 163° 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 L12-4 [ 4 – 12 MHz ] 128 elements, 34mm, fine angle steering
Cardiac Sector S4-2 [ 2 – 4 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 (No 4D available!)
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
Advanced Affiniti 50 Transducers
The Philips Affiniti 50 supports a number of advanced transducer options despite being in the midrange price category. The set of available probes is almost identical to the Affiniti 70 with the lack of single crystal transducers being the main difference. The Affiniti 50 has three mechanical 4D probes including the [ 2 – 6 MHz ] V6-2 4D convex, the [ 3 – 9 MHz ] 3D9-3v 4D endocavitary and the [ 5 – 13 MHz ] VL13-5 4D linear probe.
The Affiniti 50 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 50 it only functions in 2D mode. The Affiniti 70, Epiq line and the CX50 however can use the full xPlane and 4D functions of the X7-2t. The Philips Affiniti 50 also has the [ 5 – 10 MHz ] BP10-5ec 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.
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 50 vs Affiniti 70
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 50
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.
Philips Affiniti 50 Standard Features
The following are the standard features of an Affiniti 50.
21.5” LCD display with four-way articulation
12” widescreen tablet-like touchscreen
4 transducer ports and one-handed transducer access
Intelligent software architecture
Combined 512 GB storage capacity
State-of-the-art ergonomic designed system cart for comfort and convenience
Easy-to-learn graphical user interface with reduced number of hard controls
Advanced control panel design with fewer, clustered controls
Tissue Harmonic Imaging(ThI)
Color Power Angio Doppler
Pulse wave Doppler
Auto color and auto Doppler
Transport mode : The system lasts 45 minutes before recharge
PureWave crystal technology
Auto Doppler for vascular imaging
SonoCT real-time compound imaging
XRES adaptive image processing
iSCAN intelligent optimization
AutoSCAN intelligent optimization
iOPTIMIZE intelligent optimization
Tissue aberration correction (TAC)
Cineloop review: up to 2,200 frames of 2D and color images
High Q automatic Doppler analysis
Philips Affiniti 50 Technology Definitions
SonoCT: Real-time Compound Imaging on the Philips Affiniti 50 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 Affiniti 50 that also enhances edge definition.
AutoSCAN: This Philips Affiniti 50 feature 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.
iSCAN intelligent optimization: Automatic one-button global image optimization standard on the Philips Affiniti 50 through AI adjustment of TGC, Doppler and receiver gain, compression curve, Doppler PRF, and Doppler baseline.
Philips Affiniti 50 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 UP-D711MD Digital Black & with 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 Affiniti 50 Supplies
Aquasonic ultrasound gel
Sono ultrasound wipes
Sony UPP-110HG thermal printing paper
Sony UPP-84HQ thermal printing paper
Sony UPC-21L color thermal printing pack
Mitsubishi CK30L printing paper
Mitsubishi K95HG high gloss thermal printing paper
Philips Affiniti 50 ports
4 active transducer ports
2 on-board peripheral connections via USB
Philips Affiniti 50 Options
These are features that are not typically standard on the Affiniti 50, but which can be added to the configuration for an additional cost.
Multi Modality Query Retrieve
Ultrasound Query Retrieve
Strain Elastography Option
Strain Elastography Quantification
QLAB 3DQ GI
Battery back-up system
Philips Affiniti 50 Technology Definitions
QLAB quantification software: QLAB is an onboard quantification program that can also be used on a computer to analyze data. QLAB on the Philips Affiniti 50 has the following available plugins: 3DQ, IMT, FHN, MVI, EA, VPQ and ROI.
QLAB 3DQ GI: This QLAB tool on the Philips Affiniti 50 allows viewing, quantification, cropping, rotation, and measurements of 3D image data sets.
QLAB IMT: This Affiniti 50 QLAB tool makes measurement of the intima media thickness in carotids and superficial vessels quick and consistent.
QLAB MVI: MicroVascular Imaging on the Philips Affiniti 50 maps contrast agent progression, measuring frame-to-frame changes, suppressing background tissue and capturing additional data that make it significantly easier to visualize the vessels.
QLAB VPQ: Vascular Plaque quantification is an application on the Philips Affiniti 50 that uses 3D technology to examine arteries and determine the risk of stroke or cardiovascular disease, measure how much plaque is present and the percentage of vessel reduction.
QLAB ROI: A plugin within QLAB on the Affiniti 50 that uses contrast and 2D imaging to increase the consistency and reliability of acoustic measurements.
a2DQA.I.: Automated Cardiac 2DQ Quantification is an available aEF/RAC workflow and aTMAD (Automated Tissue Motion Annular Displacement) workflow. As an aEF/FAC workflow it uses the latest generation of 2D speckle tracking technology to compute the left ventricle global volume and area analysis from 2D single images. The volume measurements are made based on Simpson’s Single Plane Method of Disks (MDO). The aTMAD workflow provides value annular displacement curves over time and tracks mitral valve and annular motion in other valves over time.
aCMQA.I.: Automated Cardiac Motion 2D Quantification on the Philips Affiniti 50 is an available global strain workflow providing; volume EF and area FAC, Longitudinal strain and strain rate, circumferential strain and strain rate, radial and transversal displacement, radial fractional shortening, global rotation, and more. A user-definable workflow is also included. The aCMO supports the functions of a2DQ.
Philips Affiniti 50 Imaging Modes
(PW) Spectral Doppler
Auto color and auto Doppler
Steerable continuous wave (CW) Doppler
Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI/TDI PW)
3D/4D and MPR imaging (hybrid transducers)
Freehand 3D volume and MPR imaging
Spatio-Temporal Image Correlation (STIC) imaging
Contrast imaging – cardiovascular
Contrast imaging – general imaging
Tissue Harmonic Imaging (THI)
Color Power Angio imaging (CPA)
Philips Affiniti 50 Applications
Applications or Apps are the types of exams or studies that an ultrasound machine can do. More than this if an ultrasound machine supports a specific application it will have calculations, measurement and reporting software included to support those apps and make them useful in a clinical environment.
The Philips Affiniti 50 is a true shared-service ultrasound machine and offers the broadest selection of applications possible.
Vascular (peripheral, cerebrovascular, temporal TCD, and abdominal)
Gynecological and fertility
Small parts and superficial
Pediatric general imaging
Echocardiography (adult, pediatric, fetal)
Transesophageal echocardiography (adult and pediatric)
Shear wave elastography