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The VELscope® Vx is LED Dental Inc.'s newest model release of the VELscope system, and has identical Indications for Use to the original VELscope system. The VELscope Vx is:
- Simple to use
- Involves no unpleasant rinses or stains
- Adds only two minutes to the overall exam
The VELscope® Vx's blue light excites natural "fluorophores" in mucosal tissues. The VELscope® Vx's proprietary filter makes fluorescence visualization possible, by blocking reflected blue light, and by enhancing the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue.
Take the following steps:
- Review the training DVD included with the VELscope® Vx.
- Familiarize yourself with the insurance reimbursement codes that may apply to the VELscope exam.
- Determine who in the practice will conduct the VELscope exam.
- Determine which patients will receive the exam, and when.
- Determine how patients will be informed about the availability of the VELscope® Vx exam.
- Establish your protocol regarding steps to be taken when a suspicious lesion is detected.
- Register your VELscope® Vx, and sign up for free Implementation and Education Webinars
Product Use Questions
From an oral cancer perspective, an increasing percentage of oral cancers are discovered in patients with no known risk factors (such as tobacco usage or alcohol abuse); therefore many experts recommend all patients over the age of eighteen should be screened on at least an annual basis. This is truer than ever now that researchers believe that a particular strain of the human papilloma virus (HPV-16) is an increasingly frequent cause of oral cancer. Patients with significant risk factors should be screened at each recall appointment.
From a general perspective, the VELscope system is a great overall oral health assessment tool and is useful in highlighting many other kinds of oral problems that might otherwise go unnoticed. The VELscope can deliver great value to patients and has the potential to increase quality of life at every hygiene appointment – all at a very affordable cost.
The ViziLite system relies on light reflected from white lesions, and on the use of acetic acid to increase reflectance from areas ("acetowhitening" effect). This may enhance the visualization of some white lesions but doesn't differentiate between any of them. It does not visually enhance red lesions well, which is problematic, since red lesions are often aggressive. Acetic acid can also interfere with other procedures during the hygiene appointment, such as antimicrobial rinses, fluoride treatments and prophy pastes. Moreover, the acetic rinse is often the source of patient complaints. The per-patient cost may also be a concern with the ViziLite Plus.
At an average cost of $21.95 to the doctor, questions arise when patients don't want to pay the extra cost associated with the ViziLite Plus exam. The doctor has to either forgo the screening or pay for the procedure out of the practice's pocket. With VELscope® Vx, the per-patient cost for an exam is $1.96 for the disposable component. Assuming a VELscope® Vx exam fee of $15.00, at 4 screenings per day, ROI on the VELscope® Vx occurs in approximately 3 months.
Not surprisingly, surveys of practices that have switched from ViziLite Plus to VELscope indicate that virtually all are very pleased with their decision.