Second VELscope Donated to IU Dental School by LED Dental, Inc.

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PHOTO: Dr. Zunt (left) and Dr. Cheryl Krushinski with LED Dental representative Mr. Ebon Turner and the donated scope.

Thanks to a gift from LED Dental, Inc., the IU School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral Pathology, Medicine, and Radiology now has two state-of-the-art VELscopes that are being put to good use in both research and patient care. Company representative Mr. Ebon Turner (pictured above) recently visited the dental school to present the newest model, VELscope Vx, to Dr. Susan Zunt, department chair (above left). The instrument is worth about $4,000.

“On behalf of the department, I thank LED Dental for the very gracious gift of this newest technology,” Dr. Zunt says. Oral Pathology, Medicine, and Radiology faculty member Dr. Cheryl Krushinski has a current IRB-approved study in which she will introduce the VELscope to dental students, who will use it with patients in the screening clinic.

“This latest model of the VELscope, with the updated light source and attached data-collecting camera, will be very valuable in the instruction and documentation of lesions. The scope will also facilitate referral for diagnostic biopsy, when necessary,” says Dr. Zunt.

LED Dental, Inc., is a Vancouver, British Columbia, company that has developed the VELscope system to help detect abnormal oral tissue early on. LED Dental says the system, which is based on the direct visualization of tissue fluorescence, enables practitioners to see trauma and disease that may not be visible under ordinary light. With the original model launched in 2006, LED Dental estimates that the VELscope has been used in more than 6,000 dental practices and for more than six million oral-mucosal exams worldwide.

Dr. Zunt says that she uses one of the VELscopes on every patient she sees clinically. “I am convinced by the documentation in the literature and my personal experience that the VELscope examination allows me to detect abnormalities that I cannot see with my unaided vision. This powerful technology enhances the comprehensive oral exam that we can offer to the dental patient to detect tissue abnormalities.”

April 30, 2012