NETHERLANDS — Philips, a global leader in health technology has launched next-generation compact portable ultrasound solution at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting.

Philips’ new Compact 5000 Series aims to bring the diagnostic quality associated with premium cart-based ultrasound systems to more patients.

Designed for portability and versatility without compromising image quality or performance, the Compact 5000 series facilitates first-time-right ultrasound exams for more patients.

Replicating the intuitive user interface and workflow of Philips’ cart-based systems EPIQ Elite and Affiniti, and offering full compatibility with these systems’ transducers, Ultrasound Compact 5000 Series supports an easy learning curve for users.

Designed for shared service capabilities across specialties including cardiovascular, obstetrics and gynecology, point of care, and general imaging, Ultrasound Compact 5000 Series system helps meet the needs of multiple clinical segments.

Designed for portability, the Compact system can be configured with an optional battery allowing for 2.5 hours of scanning time and 20% faster power-up capability to quickly ready the system at the patient’s side when every second counts.

Additionally, the new system features 33% fewer hard keys on the console, and a fully sealed control panel for easy disinfection and cleaning protocols.

This newest system also features Philips Collaboration Live secure real-time telemedicine software, with the ability to call on additional clinical expertise via secure voice, text, screen sharing, and video streaming from anywhere with a mobile or internet connection.

Collaboration Live allows teams to securely video stream from ultrasound systems to a PC or mobile device for remote access, reducing the need for follow-up scans and patients having to travel to a central hospital facility.

Philips Ultrasound Compact System 5000 Series complements Philips’ comprehensive portfolio of diagnostic ultrasound systems for every level of care and clinical setting including Lumify Handheld Ultrasound and hand-carried tablet InnoSight, and value-based ClearVue ultrasound systems, to its high-end and premium ultrasound Affiniti and EPIQ Elite systems.

The Compact 5000 Series, which recently received FDA 510(k) clearance and pending CE mark, joins Philips’ expanded ultrasound family with the added benefit of EPIQ Elite and Affiniti workflow commonality and lifetime value.

Pioneering virtualization of radiology

Amsterdam-based Philips has also unveiled the Philips Imaging Orchestrator – ROCC (radiology operations command center), which seeks to pioneer the virtualization of radiology at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting.

ROCC offers a vendor-neutral, multi-modality, multi-site telepresence solution.

Philips also intends to introduce image interpretation technology powered by AI for prioritizing patient worklists.

The Philips Advanced Visualization Workspace includes features that automate reporting and aid in the development of earlier and more conclusive diagnoses.

Furthermore, the Philips Enterprise Performance Analytics – PerformanceBridge — improves operational decision-making to increase productivity and lower costs.

Other technologies include the AI-powered MR SmartSpeed, Spectral CT 7500 and the Ultrasound Compact 5000 series.

In other news, the Dutch medtech giant recently announced that it would cut its workforce by roughly 4,000 roles globally.

The number represents about 5% of the headcount as its new head begins an overhaul of the business that has been hit by legal action surrounding millions of faulty medical devices.

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