VELscope Oral Cancer Screening
VELscope oral cancer screening available in Franklin and Centerville Areas
Our dentists are proud to offer VELscope oral cancer screening. Why is this important to patients in the Franklin and South Dayton area? The Oral Cancer Foundation reports that more than 48,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancers this year. Nearly half will not be alive in five years. Oral cancers are small and often difficult to detect. This easy test could make your dental checkup lifesaving.
VELscope is a handheld, wireless device that enhances the dentist’s view of your oral mucosa. The scope illuminates soft tissues using natural fluorescence. It allows the dentist to spot abnormalities that are not visible to the naked eye.
Benefits of adding VELscope oral assessment to conventional intra- and extra-oral head and neck examinations:
- The screening is quick, painless, and noninvasive.
- No mouth rinses or dyes are needed.
- Lesions can be detected earlier than with visual examination alone.
- The device is compatible with dental photographic equipment, to capture images of abnormal tissue.
- Screening allows your dentist to quickly refer you to a specialist for analysis, biopsy, and treatment, if a lesion is found.
The screening is simple and takes only a few minutes. We provide special light-blocking glasses to protect your eyes. You relax in the chair and open wide while the dentist carefully examines soft tissues – gums, tongue, insides of cheeks, lips, and the upper portion of the throat.
We have incorporated this screening into our routine examination protocol in keeping with our philosophy of providing the highest level of preventive care. It is important to note that the VELscope system does not diagnose cancer. Rather, it highlights potential problem areas. That means we may refer a few patients who do not have oral cancer, to a specialist for follow-up. We believe that is far preferable to overlooking even one case of oral cancer that could be detected with VELscope.