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Viking Systems updates on 3DHD progress

Viking Systems has reported that its new 3DHD visualization system launch is proceeding as planned.

Viking Systems said it has shipped 21 3D systems in the fourth quarter of 2010.

The shipments included eleven distributor 3DHD demonstration systems, four 3DHD customer systems and six previous generation 3Di customer systems.

Viking indicated that it has production plans for 31 3DHD units in the first quarter of 2011 and believes that it will ship most of the planned production during that quarter.

As part of the company’s distribution strategy it requires distributors to demonstrate a financial commitment by purchasing one or more demonstration systems, depending, among other considerations, upon the size of the distributor’s territory.

Viking Systems president and CEO Jed Kennedy said while it is still early in the launch phase, they have delivered initial demonstration units.

"It is always difficult to predict the rate of adoption that any new technology will have in the early days, but the feedback so far from clinicians is that our 3DHD Vision System provides superior visualization when compared with current 2D systems and now we must execute our sales plan," Kennedy said.