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Philips CX50


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The refurbished Philips CX50 is a portable shared service ultrasound machine mainly used in radiology and OB/GYN practices for cardiovascular applications. The Philips CX50 for sale was launched in 2009 and continues to be one of the only premium portable ultrasounds that supports xMatrix transducers and PureWave single crystal. The CX50 offers 4D imaging for cardiac applications using an X7-2t xMatrix probe, although it doesn’t have 4D imaging for OB/GYN applications. The compact size of the CX50 integrates it well in surgical, emergency, and point-of-care practices for space is tight and mobility is important.

The Philips CX50 is the choice stable and reliable ultrasound machine if you are looking for a powerful portable ultrasound with high-quality imaging and advanced built-in features for great image quality on difficult-to-image patients/deep penetration.

Price starting at $38,900

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With the CX50’s advanced cardiac imaging features, this premium ultrasound machine will provide excellent wall definition with minimal artifact, making it the top choice for portable ultrasound machine due to its advanced transducers.

The Philips CX50 Premiere system features the following key benefits to the ultrasound machinery:

  • PureWave crystal technology
  • Compound imaging (SonoCT)
  • Live3D (4D) TEE
  • 15” high-resolution monitor
  • Speckle Reduction (XRES)
  • Strain Quantification
  • xMatrix Array Technology
  • iSCAN intelligent optimization
  • MicroVascular Imaging

AutoSCAN image optimization: This Philips CX50 feature automatically and continuously optimizes the brightness of the image at the default gain and TGC settings for the best image quality. It can be turned on and off as needed.

iSCAN intelligent optimization: This feature provides automatic one-button global image optimization on the Philips CX50 through AI adjustment of TGC, Doppler and receiver gain, compression curve, Doppler PRF, and Doppler baseline.

Advanced XRES adaptive image processing: This is an advanced real-time speckle reduction feature standard on the CX50 that also enhances edge definition.

SmartExam protocols: A step by step user-customizable set of protocols on the Philips CX50 that can help speed exams and increase consistency.

PureWave crystal technology: Philips version of the single crystal transducer technology that improves image quality on the CX50 at higher penetration. This makes it easier to diagnose difficult-to-scan patients.

Active native data: On the Philips CX50 this is a software tool that enables image processing, quick data re-acquisition, and image analysis with the 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.

Live Compare: This feature of the CX50 allows the recall of current or previous exam image data for direct side-by-side comparison with current image data.

SonoCT: This is real-time compound imaging on the Philips CX50 that obtains multiple coplanar, tomographic images from different viewing angles, then combines them into a single compound image at real-time frame rates.

PureWave Crystal technology: A breakthrough single crystal technology on the CX50 that allows greater acoustic efficiency and bandwidth than piezoelectric (Ceramic) technology.

xMATRIX array technology: This is a unique 2D electronic array technology with fully-sampled elements that allow 2D, Live volume, and Live xPlane imaging, applicable to 3D live echocardiography that requires ultra-fast frame rate and calculation capability.

Live xPlane: An advanced feature of xMatrix transducers that allows for 4D data sets to be captured and images of multiple planes to be displayed in real-time on the CX50.

Live 3D TEE: This feature available on Philips CX50 X7-2t TEE transducer, providing a live maximum 90° by 90° Live 3D TEE volume image. It shows the full view of the left ventricle (not available with transthoracic echo) and provides more perspectives for planning. These views are not available during surgery. The Live 3D TEE provides the 3D heart view while it’s beating to assess function. The 3D data can be sliced for multiple 2D images, providing incremental details of structural defects in the valves and leaflets.

QLAB 3DQ GI: This QLAB tool on the Philips CX50 allows viewing, quantification, cropping, rotation, and measurements of 3D image data set.

QLAB IMT: This CX50 QLAB tool makes measurement of intima-media thickness in carotids and superficial vessels quick and consistent.

QLAB MVI: MicroVascular Imaging on the Philips CX50 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 ROI: A plugin within QLAB on the CX50 that uses contrast and 2D imaging to increase the consistency and reliability of acoustic measurements.

Active Probe Ports





DICOM Options

Commitment, MPPS, Print, Store, Structured Reports, Worklist


13.6 lbs, 14" x 16" x 3"



Export Options



3D/4D Cardiac, 4D TEE, Anatomical M-Mode, Auto Optimization, CD/DVD-R Drive, Color Doppler, Compound Imaging, Contrast, CW Doppler, DICOM, HPRF, IMT, Live Compare, M-Mode, Power Doppler, PureWave Transducers, PW Doppler, Speckle Reduction, Strain, Stress Echo, TEE, Tissue Doppler, Tissue Harmonics

HDD Size


Imaging Modes


Max Frame Rate (FPS)


Maximum Depth (cm)



"15"" High Resolution LCD"

PC Export Formats


Power (USA)

100-240V, 50/60 Hz

Primary Applications

Cardiac, General Imaging, Vascular, Veterinary

Software Revisions

A.x, B.x, Vision 2012, Vision 2013







USB Ports


Video and Output Options

Ethernet, USB



Year Built

2008– Current

Probe Type of Array Bandwidth
Philips C5-1 Convex 1.0-5.0 MHz
Philips L12-3 Linear 3.0-12.0 MHz
Philips S5-1 Sector 1.0-5.0 MHz
Philips X7-2T Transesophageal (TEE)

The refurbished Philips CX50 continues to be the premium portable cardiac ultrasound machines for sale, some would even consider it the best portable cardiac machine due to its ease-of-use and image quality. Its portability allows it to be an excellent system for vascular access, pain management, surgical situations, and needle-guidance procedures in MSK. However, its best features remains the cardiovascular imaging equipped on this powerful shared service ultrasound machine.

SonoCT on the Philips CX50 is also known as compound imaging (CrossXBeam, iBeam, etc). It allows the ultrasound transducer to see from multiple lines of site at different angles, as opposed to the standard line-of-site that’s perpendicular to the transducer lens.

XRES on the Philips CX50 portable ultrasound machine uses a software algorithm to increase image resolution by reducing “speckle” (artifact) while brightening tissue in the image. The result provides a clearer image with higher contrast between hyper- and hypo-echoic regions.

iScan on the Philips CX50 is a one-touch optimization in which the system evaluates the ultrasound image and optimizes Gain automagically.

Yes, the CX50 has Triplex imaging for Spectral, Color, and 2D simultaneous imaging.

“Point of Care” ultrasound machine refers to the rapidly growing group of clinicians performing and interpreting ultrasound at the bedside. This includes surgery, emergency medicine, Intensive Care (ICU) and musculoskeletal care. “Point of Care” ultrasounds provide rapid diagnosis, visualization of tissue, and needle visualization for procedures at bedside. Some medical schools are providing ultrasound machines to their students to carry around during their clinical rotations.

Ultrasounds designed for needle guidance use a beam-steering technology to try and get the ultrasound beam perpendicular to the needle, thereby improving visualization of the needle.

Philips PureWave is a transducer technology in which the crystals (elements) of the transducer are arranged uniformly, which is not the case with standard transducer technology. Philips states that PureWave technology provides more consistent image results.

Yes, the it has Triplex imaging for Spectral, Color, and 2D simultaneous imaging.

You can find the Philips CX50 brochure below. Probo Medical has a large inventory of owner’s manuals and brochures, contact us today for more information.

In Probo Medical’s free 7-part Philips CX50 training series, you’ll learn everything you need to know about using the CX50 advanced cardiovascular portable ultrasound machine.

This first video gives a complete overview of how to best use and interact with the ultrasound machine. Subsequent videos build on the items presented here and they may be confusing without this base knowledge.

The Philips CX50 is an in-depth and complex ultrasound machine. In order to get the most out of it, we recommend viewing the videos in order, particularly the early videos that give a foundation of knowledge for understanding this powerful cardiovascular ultrasound machine.

In part 2, I address how to begin an exam, perform and optimize 2D Imaging, and also use Needle Visualization.

In Part 3 of Probo Medical’s Philips CX50 training series, learn how to navigate and customize the various measurement, analysis and annotations packages.

There are many ways of saving loops on the CX50, as well as many settings on how it saves and handles your images.

You can become more efficient and streamline your workflow by customizing how your ultrasound machine saves loops. This is particularly important in cardiology settings. Learn how to set the CX50 to your own preferences in Part 4 of our free ultrasound training series.

Part 5 of our series teaches how to activate, use and optimize PW, CW, and Color Doppler imaging modes.

There are multiple ways to review images from current and past exams on the Philips CX50. This free training video shows the various techniques for viewing images and comparing images from a current or past exam. It also covers viewing reports.

The Philips CX50 has extensive customization and setup parameters, some of which are quite complicated, others not. This video teaches how to save custom presets and get your system optimized for your workflow and preferences.

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