What is VELscope VX?

The VELscope® Vx is an oral disease visualization device, not an oral cancer diagnostic device. The VELscope® is the first adjunctive device cleared by the FDA and Health Canada to help clinicians visualize cancerous and precancerous lesions and other lesions that might not be apparent to the naked eye.

How often should VELscope be done?

How Often Should I Undergo a VELscope® Screening? Patients should undergo an oral cancer screening during each dental visit. The VELscope® technology can be used every six months to make sure your mouth is healthy and that there are no signs of cancer present.

Is VELscope covered by insurance?

The VELscope test is a new fancy schmancy (but very cool) way to identify oral cancer or pre-oral cancerous lesions. Most insurance companies do cover oral cancer screenings (which typically are performed at your six-month teeth cleaning visits), but even those that do might not cover this new fangled test.

What should I look for in a VELscope?

The VELscope is a hand-held portable device that can detect changes in the mouth you can’t see with the naked eye. In the dark, the blue light defines the borders of a cancerous lesion that would otherwise be invisible. The new device can even find pre-cancerous changes called “dysplasias” before they become cancerous.

What kind of light is the VELscope?

The VELscope® Vx handheld device 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-spectrum light causes the soft tissue (oral mucosa) of the mouth to naturally fluoresce.

Is VELscope a UV light?

The Velscope is a blue light emitting device (not UV light) that allows us to see changes in oral tissues that are not noticeable to the naked eye. We can detect changes in tissue and cells before they become cancerous.

Is VELscope safe?

Is the VELscope safe? Yes, the VELscope system is completely safe. The handpiece does not emit any radiation. The only thing being shone into the oral cavity is blue light, generated by light emitting diodes.

How does the VELscope work?

How Does It Work? The VELscope ®Vx Handpiece emits a safe, visible blue light into the oral cavity, which excites the oral tissue and causes it to fluoresce. The oral cavity can then be examined in real time, enhancing the practitioner’s ability to visualize suspicious tissue that may require further investigation.

What is the benefit of using a VELscope after the white light intra oral exam?

Helps dentists check that diseased soft tissue is completely removed. Helps diagnose oral cancer in its earliest stages, exponentially increasing the chance of survival.

How accurate is VELscope?

VELscope examination alone showed a sensitivity of 30 % and a specificity of 63 %. Its accuracy at identifying dysplasia was 55 %. The authors concluded that VELscope examination cannot provide a definitive diagnosis regarding the presence of epithelial dysplasia.

How effective is VELscope?

Clinical trials demonstrated that sensitivity of VELscope in detecting malignancy and OPMD ranged from 22 % to 100 % and specificity ranged from 16 % to 100%. Most studies concluded that VELscope can help the experienced clinician to find oral precursor malignant lesions (20,22,25).