The VELscope system helps Dr. Haag visualize abnormalities and look for oral cancer in the tissues of your lips, mouth and upper throat. In just two minutes, with no rinses, stains or discomfort, a VELscope examination lets us improve our assessment of your overall oral health.
During this exam, Dr. Haag will shine the VELscope light in your mouth. The blue light “excites” molecules (called “fluorophores”) deep within the layers of oral tissues. In turn, those fluorophores emit their own light (fluorescence), in shades of green, yellow and red. The VELscope’s proprietary filter makes fluorescence visualization possible, by blocking reflected blue light, and by enhancing the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue. It is a valuable tool to aid the detection of Oral Cancer.
For more information about Oral Cancer, view our blog about Oral Cancer Awareness Month.
This exam is completely non-invasive, takes less than 2 minutes and could potentially save your life!