Healthcare Industry News:  Royal Philips 


 News Release - April 7, 2008

Philips HD7 ultrasound system now commercially available in the United States

Latest addition to Philips family of HD products designed to bring high-end performance and versatility to clinics, hospitals and practices on a modest budget

ANDOVER, Mass.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced that the latest addition to its HD ultrasound family of products, the Philips HD7, has launched in the United States. The Philips HD7 was introduced to Europe in March at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna. The system draws upon an array of features and capabilities available on high-end Philips systems and puts them into an affordable, mobile unit that is well-suited for a wide variety of clinical settings.

The system provides grayscale and color Doppler imaging with simple one button optimization, as well as Tissue Harmonic Imaging. In addition, the HD7 features a wide array of transducers, an adjustable flat panel LCD monitor, proven system architecture, and advanced imaging, measurement and quantification technologies.

“Now it no longer requires a major investment for a medical office, clinic, or small hospital to get the same kind of key capabilities, performance features and high definition imaging found in higher priced ultrasound systems,” said Anne LeGrand, senior vice president, Ultrasound, for Philips Healthcare.

The Philips HD7 system addresses basic scanning needs while adding new technology and design advances that help improve image quality. Developed with clinicians in mind, the ergonomic, easy-to-use system can meet the demands for high-volume use in cardiovascular, OB/GYN, anesthesiology, oncology, electrophysiology, stress echo, pediatric, orthopedic, urologic, emergency and other applications.

Like all Philips ultrasound systems, the HD7 has a broadband digital beamformer to capture and preserve more tissue information than conventional narrowband systems and its wide dynamic range and digital focal tuning provide exceptional sensitivity and detail resolution. Features such as iSCAN one button image optimization, multiple transducer ports, DICOM connectivity, and easy data recording to CD or USB, position the HD7 well against other modestly priced ultrasound systems. In addition, optional off-line QLAB quantification software capability allows clinicians to perform post-examination image review and analysis on a PC. Further enhancing the system’s usability is a Study Guide on disk that quickly equips clinicians to use the advanced features of the HD7.

“Customers on a modest budget have told us they appreciate high-end image quality, but it is reliability that is key for them as they do not have the technical support network of larger institutions,” said LeGrand. “That is why we have taken our proven system architecture and software and migrated it to a system designed around their needs and price point.”

The HD family of performance systems now includes the small, utilitarian HD3, the new HD7 and the popular, feature-rich HD11. More information on the Philips HD7 ultrasound system is available at:

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a global leader in healthcare, lighting and consumer lifestyle, delivering people-centric, innovative products, services and solutions through the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 123,800 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 27 billion in 2007, the company is a market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, as well as lifestyle solutions for personal wellbeing. News from Philips is located at

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