The European Congress of Laparoscopy and Robotics brings together technological advances, education and communication to advance knowledge of ongoing research and clinical activities relating to the challenges in laparoscopy and robotics as they relate to urological surgery.

Reportedly, 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 utilising 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.

Jed Kennedy, president and CEO of Viking Systems, said: “By demonstrating our advanced technology at this congress; together with our Italian distribution partner, Endomedica, we have the opportunity to make attending surgeons and more key opinion leaders fully aware of the cost effective and enabling technology Viking Systems will be launching later this year.

“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 is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of 2D and 3D visualization solutions for complex minimally invasive surgery. The company partners with medical device companies and healthcare facilities to provide surgeons with visualization systems enabling minimally invasive surgical procedures, which reduce patient trauma and recovery time.