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VELscope® Oral Assessment

The dental team at Willowbrook Dental Clinic uses Velscope Enhanced Oral Assessment to spot soft-tissue abnormalities and detect oral cancer in its early stages.

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What is VELscope?

VELscope is used help detect oral abnormalities before they are visible to the naked eye, which is critical in the fight against oral cancer.

The VELscope handheld device emits a harmless, bright blue light to inspect the mouth and tongue. The device detects abnormal tissue changes, and the distinctive blue-spectrum light causes the soft tissue (oral mucosa) of the mouth to fluoresce naturally.

Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinct patterns that can be visibly disrupted when tissue undergoes an abnormal change (which can occur in the oral mucosa for a variety of reasons), such as when associated with dysplasia or oral cancer.

We supplement the comprehensive oral exam ("COE," also known as a head and neck exam) with the VELscope device. This enhanced examination increases the chances that all suspicious areas will be identified and investigated in order to develop an appropriate diagnostic or treatment protocol and rule out serious diseases, such as dysplasia or cancer.

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VELscope Enhanced Oral Assessment at Willowbrook Dental Clinic

VELscope FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from our patients about the VELscope Enhanced Oral Assessment.

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