Oral Cancer Screening with the VELscope

The VELscope Vx is a new instrument that’s used in combination with traditional head and neck exams to detect abnormal mucosal areas that may not be visible to the naked eye, including oral cancer and premalignant dysplasia.


How it works:

The VELscope works through tissue fluorescence – an optical phenomenon that causes abnormal tissue to appear a different color.


By regulating the illumination intensity and wavelength output, the VELscope Vx’s patented ‘ring-of-light’ illumination element causes healthy cells in the mouth to fluoresce, emitting a bright green glow. By contrast, potential areas of concern will show a marked lack of fluorescence, appearing dark when viewed against the healthy tissue.

Most people are aware that the fluorescence technology used by VELscope Vx can help a doctor locate oral cancer and premalignant dysplasia. But the fluorescence technology can also help the attending clinician locate lichen planus, lichenoid mucositis, squamous papillomas, candidiasis, viral and bacterial infections as-well-as inflammation from a variety of causes (e.g. trauma) and even salivary gland tumors.