The VELscope system is a revolutionary hand-held device that provides oral
health care professionals with an easy-to-use tool for the early detection of abnormal tissue. The
VELscope was developed by the British Columbia Cancer Agency in collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer
Center, with funding provided in part by the NIH. It is based on the direct visualization of tissue
fluorescence and the changes in fluorescence that occurs when abnormalities are present. The VELscope hand
piece emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity causing it to fluoresce. The clinician is then able to
immediately view the different fluorescence response to help differentiate between normal and abnormal tissue. In fact,
the VELscope is the only device cleared by the FDA and Health Canada to help discover oral mucosal lesions that might not be apparent or visible to the naked eye and to
help surgeons determine the appropriate surgical margin for tumor excision. Under examination with the
VELscope, abnormal tissue typically appears as an irregular, dark area that stands out against the
otherwise normal, green fluorescence pattern of surrounding healthy tissue.
ORAL CANCER KILLS ONE PERSON EVERY HOUR IN
• The incidence of oral
cancer increased 11% in the United
States in 2007
• Unlike several other
cancers, the survival rate for oral cancer has remained unchanged for decades
• The overall 5-year
survival rate for oral cancer is 52%, but when discovered early, it increases to 80% - 90%
• Unfortunately, only
35% of oral cancer cases are diagnosed in the early stages.
Why? Because there have
been few advances made in screening techniques.
• Pre-malignant changes
actually start below the surface. These changes may not be apparent to the naked eye until the disease
progresses to the surface.
NEW FDA 510(K)
VELscope is intended to
be used by a dentist as an adjunct to traditional oral examination by incandescent light to enhance the
visualization of oral mucosal abnormalities that may not be apparent or visible to the naked eye, such as oral
cancer or pre-malignant dysplasia. VELscope is further intended to be used by a surgeon to help identify
diseased tissue around a clinically apparent lesion and thus aid in determining the appropriate margin for
non-invasive, with no rinses or stains required
• An examination with
the VELscope takes only one or two minutes
VELsheath/Barrier ensures asepsis
• Disposable anti-fog
cap helps maintain asepsis and protects the hand piece special filtering optics.
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