|VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System
|To help protect you from the lethal effects of undiagnosed oral cancer, our practice has purchased a state-of-the art device called the VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System
, manufactured by LED Medical Diagnostics, Inc.
Along with our conventional oral screening exam, we can use the VELscope to literally see beneath the surface to detect potentially dangerous growths we might have otherwise missed.
The VELscope utilizes the natural phenomenon of tissue fluorescence, the emission of light by healthy tissue, to locate suspect tissue that would otherwise be invisible. The VELscope system consists of a light source, a light guide, and a viewing handpiece. It emits a safe, visible, blue light into the mouth, which excites healthy mucous tissue to fluoresce an apple-green color.
Since most pre-malignant cancerous changes start below the surface, they are often not apparent to the eye until they progress to the surface. However, as soon as these changes occur, they disrupt the fluorescent ability of the tissue, making their presence known early on. According to clinical studies, the VELscope system detects 98% of tumors and pre-tumors.
The VELscope exam takes about two minutes, involves no pain or inconvenience, is completely safe, and can be done as part of a regular hygiene check-up. There is an additional charge, but your insurance company might cover the cost of this preventive procedure.
The overall 5-year survival rate for Oral Cancer
is 52%, but if it is diagnosed early, the survival rate increases to almost 90%. Early detection can also reduce the severity of oral cancer treatment which can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and biologically targeted therapy.
You can find more information on the specifications of the system at LED Medical Diagnostics' VELscope pages
. In addition, the Oral Cancer Foundation
provides detailed and comprehensive information about oral cancer, including methods of diagnosis
used before, after, and in addition to the VELscope screening.
At the office of Laura L. Matin, D.D.S
, in Portland, Oregon, we are committed to saving lives through creating awareness, discovery, and diagnosis of oral cancer. Contact us
today to schedule your next examination and receive oral cancer screening.