Muscle Talent Scan

A fast, painless and non-invasive technique to measure muscle fiber type distribution using MRI scans instead of muscle biopsies

Providing next level knowledge for athletes

Human muscles are composed of two different types of muscle fibers: fast-twitch fibers can generate bursts of great speed and power, while slow-twitch fibers have great endurance.

The distribution of these two muscle types is different for everyone and largely genetically determined. Most of us have an equal mix of these two muscle types.

But some people are born to excel in explosive sports, while others are destined to beat long-distance records, and that talent is mostly pre-determined by their muscle fiber typology.

The Muscle Talent Scan is a fast, painless and non-invasive way to find out what your muscles are made of and how you can reach your full potential.

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Muscle Talent Scan can do for you

Identify talent

define your talent and the sports discipline that best suits your muscle fiber typology

Personalize training

design the best individualized training to help you be the best you can be

Prevent injury

optimize your training and recovery cycles to prevent injury

Non-invasive

unlike the muscle biopsy, this technique is non-invasive and completely painless'

No radiation

the Muscle Talent Scan involves an MRI scan of the legs, which creates a local magnetic field and is therefore harmless'

Relevant

your muscle typology will be compared to world champions competing in your specific sport'

Evidence-based

the technique is based on 10 years of intensive research at Ghent University (Belgium)'

Fast

a scan only takes 30 minutes all-in and a detailed report will be ready in less than 48 hours'

Actionable results within 48 hours

Once the scan is completed, files are sent to the Muscle Talent Scan team via our secure platform for post-processing and data benchmarking. A detailed report including practical advice is then sent back to the MRI clinic and/or the athlete, trainer, physiotherapist, etc.

For athletes

Is your body made for triathlon, or are you born to sprint? And what is the best way for you to train? The Muscle Talent Scan will help you be the best you can be.

Book a 30-min scan session in one of our accredited imaging centers (currently Ghent, Belgium or Sluis, The Netherlands) to discover your own muscle typology. You will receive a personalized report comparing your muscles to the big shots in your sport and discipline. Elite reference data for running, cycling, swimming, triathlon, speed skating, soccer, etc. are already available. The report also includes practical information to help you individualize your training approach for optimal results and minimal injury risk.

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For sports professionals

As a sports coach, performance trainer or physical therapist, you can have your athletes tested as a group. Your report displays your fast-twitch, intermediate and slow-twitch players/athletes in one view, allowing you to identify talent and personalize training and recovery cycles.

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Muscle Talent Scan to boost their athletes’ potential

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For radiologists

As a radiologist, you can offer the Muscle Talent Scan service in your accredited imaging center. We install the MR spectroscopy settings on your MRI scanner and train you on how to execute the scan.

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MTS Platform

After every MTS scan, you send the data and images to the Muscle Talent Scan team via our secure MTS platform for post-processing and data benchmarking. We then help you service the detailed MTS reports to sport clubs and athletes nearby.

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Research-based

This method is based on more than 10 years of research and development at Ghent University

How does it work?
Non-invasive assessment of muscle fiber typology by proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy in elite athletes. derave, w. / Belgium

Team

Prof. Wim Derave

Sport physiologist and inventor of Muscle Talent Scan

Drs. Eline Lievens

Sport scientist and technical expert