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The VELscope Vx® is the world-wide leader in discovering oral tissue abnormalities

VELscope Vx provides the most powerful technology available for assisting in the discovery of oral mucosal abnormalities, VELscope Vx plays a key role in the early discovery of such abnormalities, which can be critically important in the fight against oral cancer.

Benefits Patients, Clinicians and Practice

When used as an adjunctive aid in combination with traditional oral cancer examination procedures, VELscope facilitates the early discovery and visualization of mucosal abnormalities, including oral cancer. In one or two minutes, with no rinses or stains required, a VELscope system examination helps healthcare professionals assess their patients' overall oral health.

Over 10 million Velscope examinations have been held and the product is backed by more clinical research than any other fluorescence screening device on the market. For more information, please click on the “Research” tab above.

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About the VELscope Vx

The VELscope Vx is:

  • • cordless

  • • compact

  • • affordable – even for multiple operatories.

The VELscope Vx is the most powerful tool available for assisting in the discovery of oral abnormalities. The VELscope's distinctive blue-spectrum light causes the soft tissues of the mouth to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinctive patterns — patterns that are visibly disrupted by trauma or disease. Using the VELscope, a wide variety of oral abnormalities can be discovered — often before they're visible to the unassisted eye.

Discovering soft tissue abnormalities is particularly important in the fight against oral cancer. Because the VELscope Vx assists in early detection, cancer can be caught before it has time to spread, potentially saving lives through less invasive, more effective treatment. 

Used on a regular basis, the VELscope Vx helps dental professionals find a wide variety of soft-tissue abnormalities, allowing practices to aspire to an advanced level of patient care. The VELscope Vx is:
  • • completely safe

  • • simple to use

  • • no unpleasant rinses or stains

  • • entire exam in about two minutes.

Occasionally, the VELscope system plays a crucial role in saving lives.

How Does the VELscope Work?

The VELscope handpiece emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity, which excites natural fluorophores from the surface of the epithelium through to the basement membrane (where premalignant changes typically begin) and into the stroma beneath, causing it to fluoresce. The VELscope's proprietary filter makes fluorescence visualization possible, by blocking reflected blue light, and by enhancing the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue.

Is the VELscope a Diagnostic Tool?

Like other visualization technologies, such as panoramic radiography, CT, MRI, PET and ultrasound, the VELscope is NOT a stand-alone diagnostic test. However, used in conjunction with the standard oral soft tissue exam, VELscope provides visual information that cannot be acquired in any other way.
Does the VELscope Generate "False Positives" for Oral Cancer? False positives occur when a diagnostic test mistakenly signals the presence of disease. The VELscope system is NOT a diagnostic test, and does not, consequently, generate false positives. As an adjunctive visualization tool, the VELscope helps dental professionals discover a wide range of unhealthy tissue in the mouth, including oral pre-cancer and cancer.


Case Studies

Case Studies - Pigmented Lesions

Pigmented Lesions: Case Study #1
Patient: 70-Year-Old Male
Diagnosis: Amalgam Tattoo
Location: Tongue / Floor of Mouth
Morphology: Pigmented Lesion

History of Present Illness
A 70-year-old man presents with an unknown history of asymptomatic dark lesion on the right ventral tongue, discovered during a dental/hygiene examination. Currently, the patient denies any oral functional limitation or para-functional habits.

Medical History
The patient has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, and is currently on Glyburide and Avapro. He does not smoke nor drink, and reports no history of allergies.

Peri-oral examination was unremarkable with no lymphadenopathy identified in the head and neck region. Range of motion of TMJ was within normal limit. Intra-oral examination revealed a moist oral environment. A discrete triangular homogenous pigmented macule measuring 5mm x 8mm was found on the right ventral tongue/floor of mouth. No adjacent erythema identified. History of coronal restoration was evident juxtaposing the lesion. Autofluorescence examination showed no significant findings. The rest of the oral mucosal tissue was unremarkable, and dentition was grossly intact.

Clinical Implications & Recommendations
The clinical finding was compatible with amalgam tattoo or melanotic macule, a benign process in response to previous trauma. However, ongoing monitoring is advised, and size and color changes should warn a tissue biopsy.

Pigmented Lesions: Case Study #2
Patient: 56-Year-Old Female
Diagnosis: Amalgam Tattoo
Location: Right Buccal Mucosa
Morphology: Pigmented Lesion

History of Present Illness
A 56-year-old woman presents with chronic lesions on the right posterior buccal mucosa. She is unable to recall any traumatic event on the area. Although asymptomatic, she is worried about the potential pathology. She has a history of amalgam restoration at the upper right dentition, followed by a crown and bridge replacement.

The patient is currently taking Lipitor and Synthyroid. She does not drink nor smoke. She reports an allergy to sulfur drugs, to which she reacts with skin eruptions. The patient’s family has a history of cancer. Her mother has a recent diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma on the right arm. Her sister has a history of breast cancer. Her father has a history of lung cancer.

The patient was relaxed. No palpable lymphadenopathy was identified at the head and neck regions. Peri-oral examination was unremarkable. Intra-oral examination revealed a moist oral cavity. A diffused bluish/dark pigmented lesion, measuring approximately 1cm, was found at the right posterior buccal mucosa. Another similar lesion, measuring <4mm at its greatest dimension, was found at the right anterior buccal mucosa. The lesion juxtaposed the occlusal plane. The rest of the oral mucosa, including the palate, floor of the mouth, and bilateral ventral tongue, were within normal limits.

Clinical Impressions / Management Suggestions
Patient's clinical presentation is highly suggestive of amalgam tattoo. However, due to her family history of cancer, tissue biopsy was performed to rule out any potential malignancy.

The biopsy result confirmed amalgam tattoo. Re-examination of the biopsy site showed well-healed mucosal tissue. Due to the benign nature of the ongoing lesion, no further active management is recommended at this time.

Case Study #2: Presentation under White Light and Fluorescence

Case Studies - Oral Candidiasis

Oral Candidiasis: Case Study #1
Patient: 50-Year-Old Female
Diagnosis: Oral Candidiasis
Location: Tongue / Hard Palate
Morphology: White Lesion

History of Present Illness
A 50-year-old female presents with a five-month history of persistent "dry mouth." The symptom began right after the use of Symbicort for bronchilitis management. In additional to oral dryness, she also experiences non-specific oral pain. Multiple systemic and topical antifungal managements were tried, alleviating 50% of symptoms. The patient has also tried pilocarpine with additional perceived effect. Lab test from medical colleagues, including TSH, glucose, iron, and oral yeast culture, showed normal findings.

Currently, the patient's dry-mouth-related dysphagia can be managed by sipping water. She denies any change of tastes, oral para-functional habits, or changes in diet/oral hygiene products. She also denies any active cutaneous, ophthalmic (dry eyes), or constitutional symptoms.

Medical History
The patient is medically stable. She suffers from migraine headaches twice a week. She denies any alcohol, smoking, or allergy history.

Peri-oral examination was unremarkable with no lymphadenopathy identified in the head and neck regions. No parotid gland enlargement was noticed. Range of motion of TMJ was within normal limit. Intra-oral examination revealed a dry oral environment with foamy saliva coating the mucosa. Major saliva gland openings were patent with limited clear saliva excretion. A subtle erythematic area was found on the mid posterior hard palate. Autofluorescence examination revealed heavy bacterial/yeast colonization at the posterior tongue juxtaposing the palatal erythema. Other mucosal sites, including FOM, tongue, and buccal mucosa, were within normal limits. Food debris was also noticed at the cervical area of dentition. The remaining dentition was grossly intact.

Clinical Impressions
The clinical findings and history suggest probable atrophic oral candidiasis and an evidence of salivary gland hypofunction. Early presentation of Sjogren syndrome has also been considered.

Treatment Plan & Recommendations
The clinical findings were reviewed with the patient. The following plan was discussed:
  • Oral clotrimazole troches for 21 days
  • Doubling the dose of current pilocarpine usage
  • Re-evaluation in 3-4 weeks. Discussion of dry mouth complications and management will be explored in detail
  • Sjogren investigations including ophthalmatology consultation, minor salivary gland biopsy, and auto-antibodies testing will be considered if symptoms persist.

Case Study #1: Presentation under White Light and Fluorescence

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DenMat & VELscope Partnership

ANSWERS to commonly asked questions

1. When will this transition begin and how long is it expected to last?
During September, responsibility for the sale and distribution of these products will transition from Velscope to DenMat. In the near-term, all sales and customer service functions will remain with Velscope. Beginning in October, customers will be able to begin purchasing all of these products exclusively from DenMat by calling (800) 433-6628.

2. When I need to place my next order, how will I know which company to contact?
New orders should be placed with DenMat by calling (800) 433-6628. .

3. How long will I continue to be able to place product orders on Velscope’s website? Does DenMat have a similar on-line ordering system and, if so, when will I be able to order from DenMat?
• Orders will not be accepted by Velscope after October 1st.
• Orders can be placed with DenMat via phone after October 1st. Online orders can be placed through www.denmat.com after October 12th.

4. Does DenMat plan to offer hands-on workshops, or integrate the new portfolio into their current course curriculum?
• Yes. DenMat plans to integrate the new Velscope portfolio into its existing course curriculum.
• For more information please visit www.ascredu.org.

5. Will the current Velscope part numbers (SKU’s) remain the same or will they be changed to a DenMat numbering system? If a change will be made, how will I be notified?
DenMat will have new part numbers, which will be listed on www.denmat.com under the VELscope product page.

6. What effect will this change have on timing of the delivery of current Velscope orders? What about those ordered in the near future?
• Orders that were placed with Velscope before October 1st will be shipped from Velscope.
• New orders placed with DenMat after October 1st will ship via ground from Santa Maria, CA. beginning on October 15th.
• We greatly appreciate your patience during this transition period.

7. If I have a warranty issue or return already in progress, how will this be handled? For issues and returns on products that I had previously purchased from Velscope, which company should I contact?
• For Customer Service issues before October 14th please contact VELscope at (888) 541-4616.
• DenMat will handle all warranty claims, returns and credit requests received after October 15th. Please call 800-433-6628.

8. Will Velscope’s return and warranty policies be honored by DenMat, or will the products that I previously purchased from Velsope be transferred to DenMat’s terms and conditions? What are the terms and conditions of DenMat’s warranty and return policies?
• DenMat will honor the existing warranties of all products sold by Velscope.
• To view DenMat’s ordering and shipping policy, visit http://www.denmat.com/Ordering_Shipping_Policy_-_Products

9. Will the price of any of the Velscope products change in the near future?
DenMat will continue selling all products at the same prices subject to DenMat’s customary price review from time-to-time.

10. Will any Velscope products be discontinued or changed? If so, how much notice will be given before a product change or discontinuation takes place?
• Most, if not all, of the products will continue to be available. There may be several obsolete and/or redundant products that will be discontinued; however, this determination has not yet been made.
• Your DenMat sales representative will advise you of either product changes or discontinuations.
• DenMat is committed to maintaining continuity of product quality and will be utilizing the same materials, quality standards, manufacturing practices and suppliers to produce the Velscope Vx.

11. If I need a sales representative to visit my office for technical support or service, how long will my current Velscope representative be available and will they be replaced by a DenMat representative?
Technical support and service will transition to DenMat’s sales and customer service teams on October 1st.

12. Will I need to set up a new account with DenMat or will my Velscope account be transferred?
Yes, if you do not have a DenMat account you will need to set up a new account. Your DenMat sales representative will assist you with account set-up, which is a quick and simple procedure.

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