Jrgen Machann1, Christian Billich2, Kathrin Knig1, Christian Wrslin1, Fritz Schick1, Uwe Schtz2
1Section on Experimental Radiology, University Hospital Tbingen, Tbingen, Germany; 2Department of Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Ulm, Ulm, Germany
Twelve endurance athletes underwent follow-up MR examinations during the Transeuropean Footrace 2009 from Bari to the North Cape on a mobile MR-scanner for determination of whole-body tissue composition. A T1-weighted TSE sequence was applied and different adipose tissue (AT) compartments as well as muscle mass in lower and upper extremities were quantified and analyzed. All AT compartments showed a strong reduction during the race with the strongest decline for visceral AT (-70% compared to baseline). Muscle mass of lower extremities was also reduced. Comparison of these MRI-findings with biometrical data and laboratory findings will present further details regarding tissue metabolism and energy balance during long distance running.