We are one of the first offices in the nation to be able to offer our patients the most current state-of-the-art technology used in the diagnoses of oral cancer. It is called VELscope and it is a revolutionary hand-held device that provides an easy-to-use instrument for the early detection of oral cancer. Oral cancer is often curable when detected and treated early. Unfortunately the tissue changes that lead to oral cancer actually start below the surface. These changes may not be visible to the naked eye until the disease has progressed to the surface. The VELscope hand piece emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity which excites the tissue beneath and at the surface and causes it to fluoresce. We are able to immediately view the different fluorescence responses of healthy vs. abnormal tissue. VELscope allows us to detect lesions that are below the surface, thus demonstrating the incredible advantage of using VELscope for cancer screening.