Philips Affiniti 70 Ultrasound Machine

The Philips Affiniti 70, is a high-end shared service ultrasound machine that was developed in 2014 from the premium Epiq 7. The Affiniti 70 looks nearly identical to the Epiq 7 and 5 and offers many of the same features like single crystal PureWave transducers. The Affiniti 70 also has many of the same technologies as the Epiq series, including the amazing QLAB onboard quantification set and ShareWave elastography. The Philips Affiniti 70 is unique in the high-end price category in offering ShearWave. As a shared service ultrasound machine the Affiniti 70 excels at cardiology as well as women’s health, vascular and radiology applications. Philips is most well known for its cardiac imaging superiority over other brands, but the Philips Affiniti 70 is also amazingly feature rich with excellent image quality at its price level. Doctors that like the Affiniti 70, but don’t need the PureWave transducers or ShearWave Elastography should consider the less expensive Affiniti 50 instead.

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Philips Affiniti 70 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 70 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 70 Electrical power

Voltage: 100V-240V
Frequency 50/60 Hz
Power consumption: <289 VA depending on system configuration
Philips Affiniti 70 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 70

Philips Affiniti 70 (Rev 1.0)
Common configurations of the Affiniti 70

Philips Affiniti 70 with 3 transducers
This is a General imaging (GI) and Women’s health configuration
C5-1 PureWave Convex
C10-3v PureWave Endovaginal
L12-3 Linear
Philips Affiniti 70 with 3 transducers
This is a Shared Service Cardiac – GI configuration
S5-1 PureWave Cardiac Sector
L12-3 Linear
C5-1 PureWave Convex


All Philips Affiniti 70 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
PureWave Microconvex C9-2 [ 2 – 9 MHz ] 192 elements, 45mmR, 102° field of view
PureWave Convex C5-1 [ 1 – 5 MHz ] 160 elements, 45mmR, 111° 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 70 Transducers: 4D & Matrix

The Philips Affiniti 70 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 70 Probes

The C5-1 PureWave is the most popular convex probe for the Affiniti 70 because of its superb image quality and penetration. Likewise the C10-3v PureWave is the most popular endovaginal for the same reasons. The [ 3 – 12 MHz ] L12-3 is the most popular linear on the Affiniti 70 because it is affordable, and strong in both vascular and MSK imaging. For cardiac scanning the [ 1 – 5 MHz ] S5-1 is the most commonly selected, again for the improved image quality at low MHz ranges that would normally lose clarity as the penetration increased.


How the Affiniti 70 compares with other Philips systems

The Philips Affiniti 70 was launched in 2014 as the successor to the reliable HD15. The Affiniti 70 improves upon the HD15 with a larger monitor, a touchscreen for navigation, improved processor speed and more transducers. The Affiniti 70 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. The Epiq 5 is positioned just above the Affiniti 70 in price and features a more powerful image processor and a few more features.
Philips Affiniti 70 vs Affiniti 50

The Affiniti 70 and 50 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 50 is positioned just below the Affiniti 70 in price and sacrifices the PureWave transducers and ShearWave elastography. The Affiniti 70 represents the best cost to benefits ratio, being roughly $10,000 US dollars more than the Affiniti 50 Those with budget constraints should consider the midrange Affiniti 50 instead. Both systems are extremely reliable and well designed.
Other brands competing with the Affiniti 70

The closest competitor to the Philips Affiniti 70 from GE would be the Logiq S8, as both are shared service ultrasound machines capable of all applications. However the Voluson S8, and Vivid S6 would be similar competitors in women’s health, and cardiac respectively. The Affiniti 70 feels superior to the Logiq S8 in speed and monitor/touchscreen size. The Affiniti menus seem cleaner and more modern as well. The Accuvix A30 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 70. Most importantly the Affinti 70 has noticeably better image quality than competing systems from other brands.


Philips Affiniti 70 Standard Features

The following are the standard features of an Affiniti 70.
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
DVD+RW drive
Wireless networking
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
2D mode
Tissue Harmonic Imaging (THI)
M mode
Color Doppler
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
SmartExam protocols
iOPTIMIZE intelligent optimization
Tissue aberration correction (TAC)
Coded beamforming
QuickSAVE feature
Cineloop review: up to 2,200 frames of 2D and color images
High Q automatic Doppler analysis
Philips Affiniti 70 Technology Definitions

PureWave crystal technology: Single crystal transducer technology that improves image quality on the Affiniti 70 at higher penetration which assists in diagnosing difficult-to-scan patients.
SonoCT: Real-time Compound Imaging on the Philips Affiniti 70 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 70 that also enhances edge definition.
AutoSCAN: This Philips Affiniti 70 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 70 through AI adjustment of TGC, Doppler and receiver gain, compression curve, Doppler PRF, and Doppler baseline.
SmartExam protocols: Step by step user customizable protocols on the Affiniti 70 that can help speed exams and increase consistency.


Philips Affiniti 70 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 70 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 70 ports

4 active transducer ports
Ethernet port
HDMI port
USB port
2 on-board peripheral connections via USB


Philips Affiniti 70 Options

These are features that are not typically standard on the Affiniti 70, but which can be added to the configuration for an additional cost.
Adult Cardiology
Fetal Echo
Interventional GI
Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatric GI
Small Parts
QLAB quantification software
Battery SW
Contrast Card
Contrast GI
Freehand 3D
Multi Modality Query Retrieve
Netlink Dicom
Panoramic 2D
Ultrasound Query Retrieve
Stress Protocol
3D Color
4D Imaging
Physio SW
Strain Elastogrpaphy Option
Strain Elastrography Quantificatin
Strain Q
PercuNav(image fusion and interventional navigation)
Active native data
Philips Affiniti 70 Technology Definitions

CEUS: Contrast enhanced ultrasound on the Philips Affiniti 70 uses microbubble-based contrast agents to improve the visualization and assessment of cardiac cavities, large vessels and tissue vascularity.
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 70 has the following available plugins: 3DQ, IMT, FHN, MVI, EA, VPQ and ROI.
QLAB 3DQ GI: This QLAB tool on the Philips Affiniti 70 allows viewing, quantification, cropping, rotation, and measurements of 3D image data sets.
QLAB IMT: This Affiniti 70 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 70 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 70 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 FHN: Fetal Heart Navigator on the Affiniti 70 allows doctors to acquire a fetal heart volume scan in as little as two seconds.
QLAB ROI: A plugin within QLAB on the Affiniti 70 that uses contrast and 2D imaging to increase the consistency and reliability of acoustic measurements.
Active native data: On the Philips Affiniti 70 this is a software tool that enables image processing, quick data re-acquisition, and image analysis with same resolution and same frame rates of the original images. It is available in 2D mode, PW & CW Doppler, Color Doppler, and Physio. Active native data helps shorten exam duration, improves clinical workflow by post-processing, and reduces the time needed to keep the probe on the patient.

Imaging Modes

Philips Affiniti 70 Imaging Modes

(PW) Spectral Doppler
Steerable continuous wave (CW) Doppler
Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI/TDI PW)
iRotate echo (X5-1 and X7-2t)
Live xPlane imaging
Freehand 3D
Live 3D echo
STIC imaging
Panoramic imaging
Contrast imaging – cardiovascular, general imaging
Tissue Harmonic Imaging (THI)
Color Doppler
Color Power Angio imaging (CPA)
Strain-based elastography
Shear wave elastography
3D Panoramic imaging
Duplex mode
Triplex mode
Philips Affiniti 70 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 70 is a true shared service ultrasound machine and offers the broadest selection of applications possible.
Fetal echo
Vascular (peripheral, cerebrovascular, temporal TCD, and abdominal)
Abdominal vascular
Gynecological and fertility
Small parts and superficial
Pediatric general imaging
Echocardiography (adult, pediatric, fetal)
Stress echocardiography
Transesophageal echocardiography (adult and pediatric)
Surgical imaging
Interventional imaging
Contrast imaging
Bowel imaging
Strain elastography
Shear wave elastography (ElastPQ)
Epicardial echocardiography