VELscope: ORAL CANCER SCREENING

Screening is Critical

Screening is Critical

VELscope® Vx is among the world’s most widely used adjunctive devices for the enhanced visualization of oral mucosal abnormalities, such as oral cancer or pre-malignant dysplasia.

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Our dental office, uses the latest technology and techniques to screen for oral cancer, The VELscope System

Fact: only 35% of oral cancer cases are diagnosed in the early stages. Why? Because there have been few advances made in screening techniques and there are significant limitations inherent to white light and chemiluminescence light examination of the oral mucosa. Pre-malignant changes actually start below the surface, at the basement membrane. These changes may not be apparent to the naked eye until the disease progresses to the surface.

The VELscope System is a revolutionary hand-held device that provides dentists, hygienists, and other oral health care professionals with an easy-to-use adjunctive mucosal examination system for the early detection of abnormal tissue. The VELscope System patented technology platform was developed by the British Columbia Cancer Agency in collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer Center, with funding provided in part by the NIH.

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How VELscope Works

The VELscope® System emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity that excites the tissue from the surface of the epithelium through to the basement membrane and into the stroma beneath. Which causes it to fluoresce. As a result, the clinician is able to view the different fluorescence responses to help differentiate between normal and abnormal tissue which may be overlooked with the naked eye during a typical white-light reflectance examination. Typically, healthy tissue appears as a bright apple-green glow, while suspicious regions are identified by a loss of fluorescence, which thus appear dark.

The Benefits of VELscope

The most important benefits the VELscope system offers, is identifying oral mucosal lesions. That’s because they might not be apparent or visible to the naked eye. Additionally, it also help surgeons determine the appropriate surgical margin for tumor excision. This technology can literally save lives!

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For a long-term fix, you need to look at the whole picture…

For a long-term fix, you need to look at the whole picture…

The Whole Picture: Our goal is to restore harmony to the joints, teeth, and muscles, which can help alleviate pain, eliminate unnecessary wear and tear, and other issues that can arise from an unstable bite. 

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