What is F.A.C.T.?
With advancements in technology, we now have the ability to screen for abnormalities using fluorescence. Fluorescence technology will assist in visualizing abnormal lesions at the earliest stages. Screening for more than just cancer, fluorescence technology allows us to visualize increased metabolic activity, which can result from a palatal burn, to a cheek bite to a squamous cell carcinoma. So how do we decipher between the burn and bite, to anything more severe…introducing the F.A.C.T. Oral Health Protocol™.
The F.A.C.T. Oral Health protocol will help guide us through the process of elimination to determine the next steps in diagnoses. F.A.C.T. stands for Fluorescence Assessment, Cytology Test.
During the Fluorescence Assessment, we are looking for dark lesions. If you see any lesions that appear dark, or abnormal, experts suggest you re-assess within 2 weeks. Any trauma due to thermal or mechanical damage will have healed by that time.
If the lesion is still present and continues to exhibit a loss of fluorescence, we will then move to the next step of the protocol, a Cytology Test using CytID. This simple and inexpensive test will give us a diagnostic result read by a pathologist on what is happening on a cellular level. Receiving results back in approximately a week, the readings will report Normal, Dysplastic, or Malignant along with additional notes on other conditions such as presence of fungus, bacteria, leukoplakia, etc. HPV testing is also available with CytID.
CytID liquid-based cytology is used “When You Need To Know More”, and is not a replacement for the standard of care biopsy. This will help you gain more information regarding a lesion, so we can have a more informed plan of action. In the common occurrence that the results come back normal, the patient’s mind will be at ease, but you as the clinician can also rest assured that you provided the best quality care.
So, know your F.A.C.T. Oral Health Protocol, your patients need you to!