11/7/2001 6:47:00 AM
<![CDATA[BOTHELL, Wash., Nov 7, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) — A clinical study detailing the
first application of Microvision's (MVIS: NASDAQ), retinal scanning technology
in an interventional cardiology procedure has been accepted for presentation at
the 10th Annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference (MMVR).
Authored by cardiologist Mark Reisman, director of cardiovascular research and
the cardiac catheterization lab at Swedish Heart Institute in Seattle, and
Swedish cardiologist William Gray, the study notes the use of Microvision’s
Nomad(TM) Personal Display System during a procedure called patent foramen ovale
(PFO), where a hole between the upper chambers of the heart is closed.
According to the study, doctors used the Nomad system – which utilizes
Microvision’s retinal scanning technology – to place an image equivalent to a 19
inch computer monitor just two feet from the viewer. In each of the 11 PFO
procedures, the Nomad system allowed the physician to observe the optimal
position of the PFO fabric seal. This placement was confirmed by the
echocardiographer, and consistently preceded the observation by other team
Specific results of this series will be presented at the MMVR conference,
scheduled for Jan. 23-26 in Newport Beach, CA.
The Nomad system utilizes a bright red laser diode display that contrasts with
the grayscale of the fluoroscope, allowing a clear differentiation of both
images, potentially enhancing the speed, accuracy and safety of clinical
decisions based on images, according to David Ormerod, medical segment manager
Microvision expects to introduce the Nomad system – its first commercial product
utilizing retinal scanning display technology – by the end of 2001.
About Microvision: http://www.mvis.com
Headquartered in Bothell, WA, Microvision Inc. is the developer of the patented
retinal scanning display technology and a world leader in micro miniature
optical scanning technology for display and imaging applications. The company’s
technology has applications in a broad range of military, medical, industrial,
professional and consumer information products. NOTE: Nomad is a trademark of
Forward Looking Statement
The information set forth in this release includes “forward-looking statements”
within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. Certain
factors that realistically could cause results to differ materially from those
projected in the company’s forward-looking statements are set forth in the
company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
David Ormerod (media)
Randy Balogh, 206/285-5280
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