Oral Cancer Screening / VELscope
VELscope – Patient Education
What is VELscope?
The VELscope system uses an award-winning handheld scope that allows your dentist to visualize abnormalities in the mucosal tissues of your lips, mouth, and upper throat. In just two minutes, without rinses, stains, or discomfort, a VELscope examination helps dental professionals improve their assessment of your overall oral health.
How does the VELscope work?
The VELscope uses a blue light to stimulate molecules (called “fluorophores”) deep within the layers of mucosal tissues. As a result, the fluorophores emit their own light (fluorescence) in shades of green, yellow, and red. The VELscope’s proprietary filter makes visualizing fluorescence possible by blocking blue light that is reflected, enhancing the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue.