What is a VELscope?
VELscope is an oral cancer screening device that we use at every adult intraoral exam. It is uses a bright blue light to explore the oral soft tissues. This light will cause healthy tissue to fluoresce with a green light that is picked up with the VELscope viewer.
Any suspicious lesions will block or alter the emitted light. If something suspicious is found a digital camera can be attached to the VELscope to record the image, which then can be sent to the oral surgeon for his inspection and biopsy, if necessary. The advantage of the VELscope is that it can detect suspicious areas before they break through the tissue leading to earlier intervention by the oral surgeon.
Unless you are a patient of Dr. Landin's and have seen him very recently, this should not be construed as dental advice but only as information. Please consult your own dentist in regard to your personal situation or condition.
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