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 News Release - October 4, 2007

Successful Mitral Valve Repair Using Viking's 3Di Vision Systems Underscores Value of 3D Technology in Cardiac MIS Procedures

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--Oct 4, 2007 -- Viking Systems, Inc. (OTC BB:VKSY.OB ), a designer, manufacturer and marketer of 3D vision systems for minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedures, has announced its formal entry into the cardiac minimally invasive procedural market as a result of several successful cardiovascular minimally invasive surgeries, including mitral valve repair surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

"The Viking 3Di Vision System is a proprietary 3D technology that restores surgeons' depth perception. 3D Vision helps surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery with increased speed and accuracy when compared to 2D vision systems," explained Donald Tucker, CEO of Viking Systems, Inc. "This important, breakthrough technology allows surgeons to perform complex cardiac MIS procedures -- replacing the traditional open surgery practices which can result in less recovery time and more desirable outcomes for the patient," added Mr. Tucker.

At the University of Maryland Medical Center, cardiac surgeon Dr. James Gammie, who is also an associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, performed the first minimally invasive mitral valve repair using the Viking 3Di Vision System. "The operation can be done through a small incision," said Dr. Gammie. "3D visualization enables surgeons to perform this procedure with the full dimensional view of the heart they are used to seeing in traditional open cardiac procedures but we can perform the procedure with significantly smaller intercostal incisions."

"The initial success that the University of Maryland and other prominent surgeons and institutions have experienced with the use of Viking's new 3D technology in cardiac MIS gives us every indication that by entering the cardiac MIS procedural market, Viking Systems will have a major impact on the future of cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgery, "commented Viking's Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Clinical Development, Stephen Heniges.

About Viking Systems, Inc.

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, gynecology, 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 programs.

Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Viking's goals, its prospects for growth and its marketing efforts. Risks that contribute to the uncertain nature of the forward-looking statements include: risks related to the effectiveness of its marketing program, its ability to continue to obtain funding, its ability to maintain sales momentum, and costs associated with internal development, partnership and in-licensing activities. These and other risks and uncertainties are described more fully in Viking's most recently filed SEC documents, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, under the headings "Risk Factors." All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. Viking undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.


Source: Viking Systems

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