Evaluation: Philips Healthcare Epiq 7C Premium Cardiac Ultrasound Scanner

November 22, 2017 | Evaluations & Guidance


  • Diagnostic ultrasound scanners obtain images and other data that are used to assess patient anatomy and physiology. These devices are also used to provide imaging guidance for interventional procedures.
    • Premium cardiac ultrasound scanners are used to obtain high-quality ultrasound data regarding the heart and vasculature, and allow users to perform advanced imaging assessments, such as 3-D and 4-D (i.e., real-time 3-D) imaging.
    • These devices are also used intraoperatively for patient monitoring and to provide guidance for interventional procedures.
  • The major components of the Epiq 7C and their functions are:
    • A console on wheels that is 61 × (146 to 172) × 109 cm (W × H × D; 24 × 58 to 68 × 43 in) in size and weighs 104 kg (230 lb)
      • The console contains a computer that controls the ultrasound signal generator, receiver, and processor using Philips's nSight technology.
      • Imaging modes and features that are included as standard:
        • Conventional and harmonic B-mode imaging
        • M-mode, pulsed-wave (PW) Doppler
        • High-PRF (pulse repetition frequency) Doppler
        • Continuous-wave (CW) Doppler
        • Color Doppler imaging (CDI)
        • Color Power Angio (CPA)
        • MicroCPA
        • Tissue Doppler imaging (TDI)
        • Freehand 3-D imaging
        • Panoramic imaging
        • AutoScan
        • Stress echo protocol
        • SmartExam protocols
        • Vascular AutoDoppler
        • Contrast left ventricle opacification
        • Safeguard/Security Plus patient data security
    • A control module user interface
      • Used to select transducers, presets, and imaging modes; adjust image quality; obtain measurements; annotate images; and perform calculations. The control module is position-adjustable and has various hard controls, including buttons, slide pods, knobs, and a trackball. A color 30.5 cm (12 in) touchscreen is located above the control panel.
      • The controls available and their location are customizable. The touchscreen has user-adjustable controls and can also be used to display the ultrasound image.
      • An alphanumeric hard keyboard retracts under the control panel when not in use.
      • Handles are used to position and lock in place the control module during exams and for transport. Positioning and locking operate on battery for adjustment during mobile exams. Transducer holders, transducer cable hooks, and gel-bottle holders can be attached to the control panel handles.
    • A 54.6 cm (21.5 in) flat-panel video display
      • Used to view ultrasound images and other data. Has 1920 × 1080 resolution, and vertical and horizontal viewing angles greater than 178°. The MaxVue feature enlarges the viewing area of the ultrasound image in high definition.
      • Attached to the scanner on an articulated arm to allow users to position it for optimal viewing during exams. Folds down for better visibility during transport.
    • Audio speakers
      • Audio speakers allow users to hear Doppler signals from flowing blood to enhance the acquisition of data.
      • Two speakers are integrated into the control module, and there is a rear-mounted subwoofer.
    • Transducer ports
      • Used to connect transducers. Four ports for imaging transducers are illuminated to enhance operation in low-light settings. There is an additional port for non-imaging CW and PW Doppler transducers.
      • Located on the lower front of the console.
    • Physiologic data port (1) Allows import of data from an external source such as an ECG monitor.

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