What is VelScope?
VelScope is a handheld device that helps to detect unusual lesions and areas within the mouth that would go unnoticed with a typical examination. Oral cancer screenings are incredibly important to your overall health. We recommend having these screenings done at least once a year, depending on your risk factors. VelScope works by illuminating unusual spots and lesions within the mouth that may look normal to the naked eye.
Why is VelScope needed?
The reason VelScope may be needed is because you’re coming into our office for an oral cancer screening. If you are at risk for developing oral cancer, we may recommend VelScope in addition to a visual examination. Some of the factors that put you at greater risk of oral cancer include smoking and smokeless tobacco. If you’re a smoker or chew tobacco. we will typically recommend a more thorough examination.
Who is a candidate for VelScope?
Everyone coming into our office is a good candidate for a VelScope examination. VelScope is safe, noninvasive and simply works by illuminating areas within the mouth that could be cancerous. In fact, early detection is key when it comes to more effective cancer treatment. Together, we will work to help find and eradicate the cancer that you may currently have.
What can be expected during VelScope treatment?
The VelScope exam is easy and quick. You will be seated in one of our examination rooms. We then perform a visual oral cancer screening. This involves looking around the inside of the mouth as well as lifting the tongue and looking underneath. Next, we will use the VelScope handpiece. The handpiece is lightweight and noninvasive. The entire procedure takes just a few minutes and we will tell you all of our findings immediately after performing the exam. You may want to consider a VelScope exam regularly to keep up with your oral health, especially if you’re a smoker.
If you would like to come into our office and experience the benefits of VelScope, or learn more about our Oral Cancer Screenings, call us today so that we can schedule an appointment for you.