Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the screening process take and where will I be screened?
The screening process will take 60-90 minutes. Your appointment will take place at NE Medicine Radiology at Village Pointe (111 N 175th St, Omaha).

I would like more information, but am not sure whether I am interested in participating in the screening process. What should I do?
If you would like more information about this research study, we encourage you to complete the “pre-screening” questionnaire by clicking on the red button (right side of the page) or call us at 402-559-6584 so that we can first determine if you are eligible. If you qualify to be screened for the study and are interested in participating it the Spry Belt study, we will provide more information about the screening process and our main study over the phone. You can use this information to make a decision about whether you are interested in participating. Whatever decision you make will be respected, and you will not be contacted further about this study if you decide not to participate.

Will I be asked to pay for testing?
No. You will not be charged for the DXA scan you receive at your screening appointment. All study interventions and testing are paid for by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), thus you will not be asked to pay for anything. Additionally, you do not need medical insurance to participate.

How do I qualify for the Spry Belt Research Study?
You will be eligible for screening if you meet the pre-screening eligibility criteria. You can determine if you meet these criteria by clicking on the red button (right side of the page) or call us at 402-559-6584. If you are eligible to be screened, you will receive a DXA scan (at no cost) which measures the amount of bone you have. If your scores show that you have low bone mass or “osteopenia,” we will draw blood to test body processes related to bone health. If these lab tests are normal, you qualify to participate in the research study testing the Spry Belt.

How is the Spry Belt worn?
The Spry Belt is worn low around the hips. It is secured first by attaching a Velcro closure (Figure A). The belt is pulled snuggly against your body by closing a metal clasp, then tightening the attached nylon belt (Figures B and C). When fitted correctly, the motor fits snuggly over the back of the hips, not at the waist.