Viking Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:VKNG) announced today that its Next Generation 3DHD Visualization System was presented June 10th at The European Congress of Laparoscopy and Robotics (www.challengesinlaparoscopy.it/2010) by Dr. Gunter Janetschek, Professor and Chairman, Department of Urology, Medical University Salzburg, as part of his talk "Is there a future beyond 'da Vinci'?"
The context of Dr. Janetschek's presentation was to discuss advancements and possible future of medical technology used in minimally invasive urologic surgery. This included the possible role and benefits of Viking's Next Generation 3DHD Visualization System.
The European Congress of Laparoscopy and Robotics brings together technological advances, education and communication in order to advance knowledge of ongoing research and clinical activities relating to the challenges in laparoscopy and robotics as they relate to urological surgery. "The invitation by Dr. Janetschek to have Viking Systems provide material for his presentation was quite an honor," said Jed Kennedy, President & CEO of Viking Systems, Inc. who went on to add, "being included in the presentation really drives awareness of the work Viking is doing, the progress 3DHD is making and its promising future in complex minimally invasive surgery."
The Company reported an overwhelmingly positive response to the prototype Next Generation 3DHD Visualization System as well as the presentation by Dr. Janetschek by the Congress attendees. This event was the fifth public forum since October 2009 where attendees had the opportunity to demonstrate or learn about the benefits of Viking's system. The Company has now reported the positive response and reaction received at each of these events.
In October 2009, at the American College of Surgeons' annual Clinical Congress in Chicago, Viking Systems first publicly demonstrated the "Next Generation" 3DHD camera system utilizing a prototype Sony 3DHD flat panel display. Viking Systems intends to complete the development of this unique Next Generation system and currently plans to launch the system in the fourth quarter of 2010. Kennedy continued, "Nearly all laparoscopic procedures are currently performed with a 2D camera. We plan to provide the surgeon with high quality 3D vision in a cost effective and flexible format. Performing complex minimally invasive procedures with a 3D vision system has the potential not only to improve the quality of care but also to reduce procedure time and therefore cost of procedures."
Viking Systems believes that at launch its high quality 3DHD visualization system will be the only cost effective, standalone 3DHD solution available for minimally invasive surgery.