Kimberly Lara Desmond1, Greg J. Stanisz1,2
We present a method for the quantification of pH using a pulsed chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) method. Experimental data is from a phantom model consisting of 1M ammonium chloride in 10mM citric acid buffer for the modification of pH. This data is fit using a two-compartment Bloch equation model of exchange in the presence of off-resonance excitation. A linear relationship is observed between the log of the fitted exchange rate and the true pH of the phantom.