What is the VELscope?
- The VELscope is a device used for enhanced visualization of oral mucosal abnormalities
- Used as an adjunct to the traditional white light examination
- Aids in the visualization of pre-cancerous lesions, oral cancer, bacterial/ fungal infections, and trauma
How Does the VELscope Work?
The VELscope emits a harmless, bright blue light which is used to inspect the mouth and tongue. The device is sensitive to abnormal tissue changes and the distinctive blue light causes the soft tissue of the mouth to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinct patterns that may be visibly disrupted when tissue undergoes an abnormal change, such as when associated with oral cancer.
Fluorescence visualization can help draw the attention of the clinician to abnormalities that might otherwise not be apparent or visible to the naked eye.
Hover over the below image to see the example under white light and then through the VELscope. The darker area in the VELscope image was referred for biopsy and eventually diagnosed as oral cancer.