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Early Detection for Oral Cancer

Dr. Mullaney is excited to offer this new technology. The Velscope Exam is an Early Detection Oral Cancer screening exam which allows Dr. Mullaney to use tissue fluorescence visualization technology to discover abnormalities of the oral mucosa/tissues.

The Velscope handheld device emits a harmless bright blue light which is used to inspect the mouth and tongue. The device is extremely sensitive to abnormal tissue changes and the distinctive blue-spectrum light causes the soft tissue (oral mucosa) of the mouth to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinct patterns that are visibly disrupted by trauma or disease, such as cancerous lesions, and fungal, viral or bacterial infections.

This year alone, over 42,000 Americans were diagnosed with oral cancer or oral pharyngeal cancer. Early detection equals higher survivor rates. Dr. Mullaney provides her patients the very latest in this new technology and is committed to preventive care. The Velscope exam can be completed during a routine hygiene exam in about 2 minutes and is completely comfortable.