VELscope Oral cancer screening

VELscope is a tool designed to assist in the discovery of soft tissue abnormalities in the mouth. With this device, a blue light is shined on the oral tissues. The light emitted from the VELscope causes the tissue to fluoresce. Normal tissue fluoresces in a particular pattern, and abnormal tissue shows up darker. The dentist uses the light to identify suspicious areas in the mouth. This technology assists the dentist in identifying oral abnormalities often before they can be seen by the naked eye. Finding these abnormalities early is particularly important to allow for early treatment of potentially cancerous areas.