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One of the VELscope system's most important tasks is to help identify areas that might, if not identified and treated, progress to oral cancer. The statistics below, from the National Cancer Institute's SEER Database, 1999-2006, are a compelling argument for regular VELscope exams:
Finding oral cancer in its early stages is crucial. The VELscope offers hope for the early discovery of oral precancers and cancers by providing Dr. Doctor and his hygienist with visual information that may not be apparent under ordinary light.
For more information on oral cancer, please visit the Oral Cancer Foundation.
The VELscope system helps dental professionals visualize abnormalities in the mucosal tissues of your lips, mouth and upper larynx. In just two minutes, with no rinses, stains or discomfort, a VELscope examination lets healthcare professionals improve their assessment of your overall oral health.
The VELscope's blue light "excites" molecules (called "fluorophores") deep within the layers of oral mucosal tissues. In turn, those fluorophores emit their own light (fluorescence), in shades of green, yellow and red. The VELscope's proprietary filter makes fluorescence visualization possible, by blocking reflected blue light, and by enhancing the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue.
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