NORTH BERGEN, NJ (WCBS 880) — Physicians may soon be able to monitor a patient’s prosthetic joint or implant with one New Jersey’s doctor’s new device.

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In the future, doctors will the know the fate of an artificial joint or implant without making an incision. North Bergen orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lee Berger has designed the Ortho-tag, a chip programmed with patient information that can be scanned from outside the body with the wave of a wand.

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The next phase, implantable bio-sensors that measure temperature, PH and motion.

“Just like we have smart phones, we’ll have smart implants so that once they have a device implanted in their body, doctors and the patients will be able to find out what exactly is happening with the implant,” said Dr. Berger.

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Berger is in the process of seeking FDA approval for the Ortho-tag.