Columbus Children's Hospital is first to use Viking's 3Di visualization system in paediatric minimally invasive urological surgery

San Diego 09 July 2007On June 22, 2007, Dr. Rama Jayanthi and his surgical team at Columbus Children's Hospital successfully performed the first intravesical minimally invasive ureteral reimplantation using Viking Systems' 3Di Vision System. Dr. Jayanthi used a 5mm 3D laparoscope that enabled him to see inside the bladder and perform this complex procedure.

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"This procedure is especially delicate and requires surgical precision and close attention to detail", stated Dr. Jayanthi. "The 3D high definition view we had during the procedure was incredibly precise and we look forward to working with this technology more and more. The 3D view certainly makes fine suturing easier and more accurate."

The 3Di Vision System manufactured by Viking Systems delivers a magnified, high-resolution 3D image that allows the surgeon to visualize depth in the underlying anatomical structures and tissue during complex minimally invasive surgery. The 3D images are viewed by the surgeon and surgical team via Viking's Personal Head Display (PHD).

The PHD places the 3D image directly before the surgeon's eyes, providing a high definition immersive view of the surgical field. The Viking 3Di Vision System also delivers an information management solution known as Infomatix, which provides immediate, picture-in-picture access to additional surgical information through voice activation. This critical information can be provided simultaneously with the surgical image on the surgeon's PHD.

"Viking Systems is dedicated to serving the needs of the surgeon and surgical team in the performance of complex minimally invasive surgery", stated Donald E. Tucker, CEO and President of Viking Systems. "The small structures and precision inherent in paediatric surgery is a perfect clinical application for our 3Di Vision System and integrated solutions", added Donald Tucker. "We would like to thank Dr. Jayanthi and his team at Columbus Children's Hospital for their dedication to advancing paediatric minimally invasive surgery techniques."

Columbus Children's Hospital is the 5th largest free-standing children's hospital in the United States. Children's is the primary paediatric health care provider for 37 counties, with more than 800 medical staff members and 4500 employees who provide expert care to children regardless of ability to pay.

Viking Systems Inc. is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of FDA-cleared, CE-marked, high-performance laparoscopic vision systems. The company's primary branded product is the 3Di Vision System, an advanced three-dimensional (3D) camera system used by surgeons for complex minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, with an initial focus on applications in urology, gynaecology, bariatrics and general surgery. Viking also manufactures advanced two-dimensional (2D) 2Di Vision Systems for targeted configurations and channels, as well as 2D cameras and components, sold through strategic partners and OEM programmes. More Viking news is available in the VMW January 2007 article Hoag Hospital integrates multiple Viking 3Di Digital Vision Systems into operating rooms to create first 3D Surgery Center in Southern California.


Leslie Versweyveld

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