updated 8/27/2010 3:53:27 PM ET 2010-08-27T19:53:27

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Aug. 27, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Viking Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:VKNG) announced today that it will present its Next Generation 3DHD technology at the 5th International Symposium on Hybrid Approach to Congenital Heart Disease (ISHAC) from August 31 - September 2, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.

ISHAC Workshop Director, Dr. Alistair Phillips, Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon at The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital and assistant professor of Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH said, "The Viking 3D system has become a very important part of our practice and will have an ever increasing role, especially with the improvements Viking has made with the new 3DHD System." For more information on ISHAC see http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/ishac-home.

Jed Kennedy, Viking President & CEO said, "The exposure of our Next Generation 3DHD system at these International forums which attract world renown surgeons has been extremely important and reinforces market awareness for the Company's enabling, high quality 3DHD vision system." Kennedy went on to say, "Nearly all minimally invasive procedures are currently performed with a 2D camera. The Company plans to provide surgeons with high quality 3D vision in a cost effective and flexible format which has the potential to not only improve the quality of care but also to reduce procedure time and therefore cost of procedures."

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 utilizing 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. Viking Systems believes that at launch its high quality 3DHD visualization system will be the only cost effective, standalone 3DHD solution available for minimally invasive surgery.

About Viking Systems, Inc.

Viking Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:VKNG) is a leading worldwide 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 proprietary visualization systems enabling minimally invasive surgical procedures, which reduce patient trauma and recovery time. For more information visit the Company's website at: www.vikingsystems.com

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are estimates reflecting the best judgment of our management and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements should, therefore, be considered in light of various important factors as described in our annual report on Form 10-K under the heading "Risk Factors" as updated from time to time by our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements concerning forecasts, revenue growth, procedure growth, future financial results, and statements using words such as "estimate", "project", "plan", "intend", "expect", "anticipate", "believe" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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