Identafi® detects biochemical and morphological changes in the cells of the mouth, throat, tongue, and tonsils that may potentially lead to oral cancer. The small, cordless, handheld device uses a three-wavelength optical illumination and visualization system that enables dentists, hygienists, and oral surgeons to identify oral mucosal abnormalities that may not be visible to the naked eye.
Specifically, Identafi uses white, patented 405nm violet, and green-amber wavelengths of light to monitor biochemical changes using fluorescence, while morphological changes are monitored using reflectance. The combined system of fluorescence and reflectance uses the body’s natural tissue properties as an adjunctive tool for oral mucosal examination.
Using Identafi in the highly concentrated “White Light” mode, the dental professional can first perform a conventional tissue examination of the entire oral cavity. The dental professional then switches to the patented 405-nanometer “Fluorescent Violet Light” to help identify any suspicious tissue which will appear dark in color due to its loss of fluorescence.
When suspect abnormalities are present, the instrument is switched to the unique “Green-Amber Reflectance Light,” which enhances normal tissue’s reflectance properties so the clinician may directly observe the difference between normal and abnormal tissue’s vasculature. The combination of all three multi-spectral wavelengths can provide the clinician with more visual information, improved results over direct visual exam alone, and increased confidence for recommending subsequent treatment options.