Project Description

Part of every comprehensive exam

VELscope’s fluorescence technology aids in the early visualization of mucosal diseases and enhances effective oral mucosal screening.

VELscope is a revolutionary hand-held device that offers Dentists, Hygienists, and other oral health-care providers an easy-to-use adjunctive screening instrument for early detection. Its technology platform is based on the direct visualization of tissue fluorescence and the changes in fluorescence that result when abnormal tissue is present.

The VELscope Handpiece emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity, which excites the tissue beneath and at the surface and causes it to fluoresce. By utilizing special optical filters in the Handpiece, the clinician is able to immediately view the different fluorescence responses of healthy vs. abnormal oral tissue. The healthy oral mucosal tissue will appear bright green while suspicious regions are identified by a loss of fluorescence, and will thus appear dark.

Stiles Dental Care provides an annual comprehensive oral cancer screening for all of our patients, but we have recently incorporated this breakthrough technology that will allow us to see things we’ve been unable to see previously. By detecting potential problems earlier, we’ll be providing our patients with the best oral health care currently available. As we care about your health as well as your smile, we are now providing VELscope oral cancer screening to all patients age 16 and above annually during their oral examination. We believe that this new technology will assist us in detecting disease at earlier stages and therefore catch abnormalities before they turn into cancer.