The VELscope® Enhanced Oral Assessment System centers on a handheld scope that is used by dentists to help detect oral tissue abnormalities, including cancer and pre-cancer. The procedure takes 5-10 seconds to perform and there is no heat generated, no pain to be concerned with, yet it can save lives.
The VELscope® system is an adjunctive device which means it must be used together with and as a supplement to the traditional intra and extra oral head and neck exam. Unlike other adjunctive devices used for oral examinations, the VELscope® does not require any dyes or prolonged testing procedures. In fact, a VELscope® exam can be performed in the dentist's office during a routine hygiene exam in about two minutes.
The VELscope® adjunctive device is effective for the early detection of
oral mucosal abnormalities.
Why Early Discovery Matters?
The VELscope device is an imaging modality which is extremely sensitive to tissue changes. Its use in everyday practice can provide timely information to dentists and hygienists to enable earlier detection of abnormal tissues and provide better outcomes for patients.
The statistics are highly favourable: when discovered early the 5-year survival rate for oral cancer patients is about 83%. Unfortunately, most cases of oral cancer are discovered in late stages, when the five-year survival rate drops to around 50 percent.