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Oral Cancer Screening Tool at Susquehanna Dental Arts

Jan 31, 2015 01:07PM

Dr. Owen Allison, of Susquehanna Dental Arts, in Columbia, is offering brief but effective oral cancer screenings with hygiene appointments. He uses the VELscope Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System, a handheld scope that detects oral tissue abnormalities, including cancer and pre-cancer.

A harmless, bright blue light emitted by the device is used to inspect the mouth and tongue, causing the soft tissue of the mouth to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissues appear in distinct patterns that are visibly disrupted by trauma or disease, such as neoplastic legions and fungal, viral or bacterial infections. Allison comments that the VELscope is “a wonderful addition to our oral exams. It allows an extra measure for early warnings for oral problems.”

The VELscope is used with a traditional oral head and neck device. Unlike other adjunctive devices for oral examinations, this system does not require the use of dyes or any prolonged testing procedures. The screening takes place during a routine hygiene exam and lasts about two minutes.

Location: 100 S. 18th St. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 717-684-3943 or visit

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