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VELscope – Oral Cancer Screening

Published on February 18, 2013 by

We continually look for advances to ensure optimum oral health care to our patients. We now have the VELscope. The VELscope is a hand-held device that provides dentists and hygienists with an easy-to-integrate adjunctive mucosal examination system for the early detection of a wide variety of oral diseases, including pre-cancer and cancer.

In addition to the detection of oral cancers and pre-cancers, the VELscope system is showing itself to be a powerful tool for the discovery of mucosal abnormalities such as:

  • Viral, fungal and bacterial infections
  • Inflammation from a variety of causes (including lichen planus
    and other lichenoid reactions)
  • Squamous papillomas
  • Salivary gland tumours.

We highly reccommend a VELscope screening annually. The cost is $20. Most insurance companies don’t cover this screening.

How Does the VELscope Work?
The VELscope handpiece emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity, anything that shows up a dark color is a potential concern & a biopsy would be advised.