The Philips Sparq ultrasound is a compact midrange machine created for point-of-care, emergency room, and operating room use. It is Philips’ first step towards a more modern interface with a single-sealed control panel and an easy-to-clean tempered glass touchscreen.
To increase usability, the Philips Sparq’s controls dynamically change to show only the keys and automation features compatible with the exam being performed. The refurbished Philips Sparq is designed for ease-of-use, excellent image quality, and efficiency in the exam room.
The refurbished Philips Sparq incorporates Philips’ top imaging technologies, including SonoCT, XRES, and a 17″ High Resolution LCD monitor. The mid-range ultrasound system is also compatible with a PureWave TEE transesophageal probe, which is Philips’ probe technology that increases resolution and penetration for hard-to-scan patients.
Its buttonless interface pushes the boundaries of Philips’ traditional ultrasound hardware to offer a more modern feel and an easier-to-clean surface. With Simplicity Mode “on,” the tempered glass interface will only show the ultrasound functions that you use most often in that mode. The refurbished Philips Sparq also features SmartExam technology so you can increase consistency by following the on-screen fully-customizable guided workflow exam protocols. Meaning in an emergency situation, you can take more work off of your team by putting the work on the machine.
Another feature that is noteworthy for a point-of-care situation is the Temporary ID, which assigns a unique, temporary number to each unidentified patient so you can start scanning immediately.
Although Philips was one of the last popular OEM’s to develop a true point-of-care bedside ultrasound, the fully refurbished Philips Sparq is a nice addition to that category and is a great competitor to GE’s Venue point-of-care line. Philips’ goal for creating the Sparq was to streamline workflow and it was generally successful. Although the auto-adjusting Simplicity Mode technology takes time to get used to, the adjustment will save you time. That combined with the many of the popular features found in Philips midrange ultrasound machines make the Sparq a solid contender for the point-of-care space.
XRES on the Philips Sparq 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.
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.
SonoCT on the Philips Sparq 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.
Yes, the Philips Sparq has 5 USB ports for image export and connectivity to peripherals.
“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 the bedside. Some medical schools are providing ultrasound machines for their students to carry around during their clinical rotations.