The VELscope® System is a revolutionary hand-held device for dentists, hygienists, and other oral health care professionals, to use adjunctive mucosal examination system for the early detection of abnormal tissue. All types of people can be at risk for Oral cancer, not just those who smoke and drink. Recent research has shown the HPV virus can also lead to oral cancer and others of all ages can be at risk for different reasons. The VELscope® System is a patented technology platform, developed by the British Columbia Cancer Agency in collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer Center, and funding provided in part by the NIH. This device is based on the direct visualization of tissue fluorescence and the fluorescence changes that occur if abnormalities are present.
The VELscope® System Handpiece will emit a safe blue light into the oral cavity, which excites the tissue from the surface of the epithelium through to the basement membrane and into the stroma beneath, causing it to fluoresce. Your Webster Dental clinician is then able to immediately view the different fluorescence responses to help differentiate between normal and abnormal tissue. In fact, the VELscope® System is the only device cleared by the FDA to assist in discovering oral mucosal lesions that might not be apparent or visible to the naked eye and to help surgeons determine the appropriate surgical margin for tumor excision.
The Velscope procedure is available at our Chicago Lakeview, Skokie & Hoffman Estates Offices.