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Viking Systems, Inc. (VKNG) 3DHD Laparoscopic Visualization System Chosen By Baptist Beaumont Hospital For New Integrated Operating Rooms

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Viking Systems, Inc. (OTC:VKNG) 3DHD Laparoscopic Visualization System Chosen By Baptist Beaumont Hospital for New Integrated Operating Rooms

Viking Systems, a leading worldwide developer, manufacturer, and marketer of 3D and 2D visualization solutions for complex minimally invasive surgery, announced today that is will be integrating its 3DHD Vision System into Baptist Beaumont Hospital's new pair of integrated three dimensional operating rooms in Beaumont, TX.

Jed Kennedy, President and CEO of Viking Systems, said, "For years laparoscopic surgeons have been performing surgery in two dimensions while 3D visualization technology was being developed and refined. More recently, laparoscopic surgeons were introduced to 3DHD vision through robotic surgical systems. Now the same quality 3D visualization is available in a stand-alone system from Viking Systems. With the addition of Viking's 3DHD Vision system, Baptist Beaumont Hospital will be able to provide surgeons and patients with access to new, cutting edge 3DHD technology making the hospital's new integrated operating rooms 'state of the art' and putting them on the forefront of this technology curve."

Viking Systems' new 3DHD Vision System delivers crisp, clear vision in addition to depth perception not provided by standard 2D systems. The added depth helps laparoscopic surgeons in dissection, suturing, and identifying crucial anatomy, anatomy that is occasionally not discernible with conventional laparoscopic visualization systems.

According to a recent report by iData Research, a prominent global authority in the medical device market research, the current trend in operating room integration is predicted to promote adoption of new 3-dimensional surgical vision technology. Another feature of the report was the valuation of the U.S. video, high-tech and integrated operating room market at over $1.7 billion in 2011. Additionally, the market is forecasted to rally back from the economic recession and develop to over $2.3 billion in annual sales by 2018.

"We have been told by surgeons who have used 3D visualization in their operating room that this is a natural evolution of the technology. We see 3D laparoscopic visualization as falling in line with other areas of the hospital that have already embraced 3D which includes micro surgery, robotic surgery, radiology and, of course, open surgical procedures," said Kennedy.

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