First minimally invasive thoracic surgery using Viking's 3Di Vision
15 June 2007
San Diego, USA and Vulture, Italy. Viking Systems, Inc.
has announced that the company's 3Di Vision System had been used to perform
videothoracoscopic surgery for the first time.
Three procedures were performed with the 3D visualization technology at
the Regional Oncologic Hospital (CROB) in Rionero in Vulture, PZ, Italy by
Dr Cosimo Lequaglie. The procedures were a parietal pleurectomy, a sublobar
resection, and a chemical pleurodesis. Each surgery was finished
successfully and met with positive reactions from the surgeon and the
Lequaglie, Chief of Oncologic and Thoracic Surgery at the hospital
explained, "Viking's 3Di Vision System is significant for our practice
because it provides a more substantial and effective image than those we
traditional obtain via 2D vision systems. The impact 3D has on minimally
invasive surgery for benign and malignant diseases is significant because
the higher resolution, stereoscopic depth we are now afforded allows the
same type of confidence we are usually only allowed during open
Viking's 3Di Vision System, as used by Dr. Lequaglie and his
staff, also includes an information management solution known as Infomatix,
which provides immediate, picture-in-picture access for a surgeon to
additional surgical information through voice activation. This critical
information can be provided simultaneously with the surgical video via
picture-in-picture on the surgeon's Personal Head Display.
used this feature to simultaneously manage in real time the operating
functions that can at times become cumbersome for the surgeon when used
individually. He adds, "The ability of the system to provide both a
high-definition 3D image and pre-existing medical data into one personal
head display finally offers the kind of support a surgeon needs to allow
greater precision and speed without being bound to the positioning of the
monitors in the room. The result is greater concentration and best posture
providing less fatigue during each procedure. For thoracic surgery, these
improved results are invaluable.''
Stephen M. Heniges, Viking's Senior Vice-President of Global Marketing &
Clinical Development said, "Viking is excited with the results Dr. Lequaglie
and his team have achieved through the benefits of our 3D visualization
technology. This provides motivation to all minimally invasive thoracic
surgeons worldwide. We are confident that as 3D visualization becomes the
standard of care for an array of minimally invasive specialties, we will see
the same great results and positive feedback we received from the Regional
Oncological Hospital (C.R.O.B) in Rionero in Vulture, PZ, Italy.''