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Surgeons at Scottsdale Bariatrics to Use New Generation 3-Dimensional Vision System From Viking Systems, Inc.


Viking’s New EndoSite 3Di Digital Vision System Delivers State-of-the-Art Resolution, Control and 3D Visualization for Complex, Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures

San Diego, CA, 03/10/2005, Viking Systems, Inc. (OTC BB: VKSY), a medical products company delivering integrated solutions for the digital surgical environment, today announced that the surgeons at Scottsdale Bariatrics Center, one of the nation’s leading centers for Bariatric Surgery, will begin using the new generation EndoSite 3Di Vision System to perform laparoscopic Bariatric surgery and other general laparoscopic colorectal surgical procedures. Designed for use in complex minimally invasive surgery (MIS) procedures and training environments, the new system delivers significant enhancements in resolution and visualization capabilities.

“The clarity and resolution of the EndoSite’s three-dimensional picture seen through the head mounted display is excellent with this new system,” said, Dr. Robin Blackstone, medical director of the Scottsdale Healthcare Bariatric Program and lead surgeon and director for The Scottsdale Bariatric Center. “The comfort of the system and our ability to have depth perception, unattainable through two-dimensional systems, has helped us achieve superior results for our patients by decreasing the complications from surgery. We have used the previous generation system very successfully for three years. It is extremely agile, allowing the surgeons to participate in all aspects of the case.”

The EndoSite 3Di Digital Vision System provides three-dimensional stereoscopic vision, resulting in enhanced depth perception and surgical precision, while allowing the surgeon to remain actively engaged with their patient. Utilizing the patented Head Mounted Display (HMD), each member of the surgical team can access high-resolution, stereoscopic images delivered within their natural line of sight. Ergonomically designed, the HMD provides unmatched comfort and significantly reduces surgical fatigue caused by standard vision systems as surgeons strain for hours to view the surgical field on less accommodating two-dimensional monitors. The system creates an immersive surgical environment providing MIS surgeons with improved vision quality and the sense of open surgery.

“With the greatly enhanced image quality of Viking’s new EndoSite system, we will be able to further improve quality of care and outcomes by offering even our most challenging patients the ability to have a minimally invasive procedure,” added Dr. Blackstone.

In addition, the EndoSite 3Di Digital Vision System provides real-time patient information, on-demand to the surgeon through Infomatix™, the system’s digital information platform. Infomatix allows voice-activated, picture-in-picture presentation of existing diagnostic images and live secondary video. Easy access to this information -- without the need to divert attention from the surgical field -- equips surgeons to perform accurately and quickly while facilitating an informed decision-making process during surgery.

“Viking Systems is extremely pleased to have one of the foremost Bariatric surgeons in the country using our new generation equipment,” said Tom Marsh, CEO of Viking Systems. “A growing number of innovative MIS surgeons, like Scottsdale Bariatrics, are implementing our advanced and complete three-dimensional imaging equipment to fulfill their unmet needs for greater control, comfort and easy access to information during surgery.”

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About Scottsdale Bariatric Center

Scottsdale Bariatric Center is a state-of-the-art center providing morbidly obese patients with a comprehensive weight loss surgery program. Scottsdale Bariatric Center uses state-of-the-art 3D visualization technology to perform both laparoscopic gastric bypass and LAP-BAND procedures, and now serves as a national training facility. The program is a partnership with Scottsdale Healthcare. The center is located at 10200 North 92nd Street, #220 in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information, please call 480-391-3885 or visit

About Viking Systems, Inc.

Viking Systems, Inc. (OTC BB: VKSY), is committed to bringing integrated solutions to the digital surgical environment. The company’s mission is to deliver integrated information, visualization, and control solutions to the surgical team, enhancing their capability and performance in minimally invasive (MIS) and complex surgical procedures. The company’s product portfolio includes video, optical, robotic, and digital and information technologies in the market today and under development that serve the current and emerging needs of the digital healthcare network. Viking Systems is headquartered in La Jolla, CA. For more information, please visit the company’s website at

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