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UWORFPSR-1733 The Supply of a Dual Frequency Brain Coil and a Lung Imaging Coil

Solicitation number UWORFPSR-1733

Publication date

Closing date and time 2023/06/02 12:00 EDT

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    Procuring Entity:
    University of Western Ontario (Western)
    Procurement Services
    1151 Richmond Street
    London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 3K7

    Scott Roth         

    Procurement Method:
    Open tender whereby all interested Suppliers may submit a Proposal.

    The RFP is an invitation to submit offers for The Supply of a Dual Frequency Brain Coil and a Lung Imaging Coil.
    Western’s preference is to have a single solution; however, it may be necessary to implement multiple products and therefore the proponent(s) response(s) do not need to cover both coils as Western may select multiple solutions to cover all of its needs.
    129Xe /1H 3.0T Quadrature Transceive Dual Brain Coil and 129Xe /1H 3.0T Dual Frequency Gateway
    The specialized 129Xe /1H 3.0T Quadrature Transceive Dual Brain Coil will be used inside Lawson’s Siemens mMR Biograph 3T PET/MRI scanner located in the Saint Joseph Hospital. The dual brain head coil will be used to acquire the high-resolution images of brain on the proton (1H) frequency and brain perfusion images on the xenon-129 (129Xe) frequency. (129Xe /1H 3.0T Dual Frequency Gateway requires to interface the coil with Siemens scanner).
    The requested dual brain coil consists of two interleaved coils. The overall RF dimensions of this dual coil are 23cm in diameter by 23cm in length. Adult coils have inner diameters around 23cm. During a scan, a radiofrequency pulse is emitted, and the dual brain coil acts as the receiver for that signal and transmits it to a computer that creates the images. The head coil is able to transmit the signal based on the number of coils. The proton coil permits to acquire the anatomical brain images with superior resolution while the xenon coil permits to acquire the brain perfusion images.
    19F Lung Imaging Coil System for 3T Siemens
    The specialized 19F Lung Imaging Coil System will be used inside Lawson’s Siemens mMR Biograph 3T PET/MRI scanner located in the Saint Joseph Hospital. The 19F Lung Imaging Coil System will be used to acquire lung images on the fluorine (19F) frequency.
    An advanced 19F transmit-only / receive-only lung coil providing a 19F Lung Imaging Coil System for 3T Siemens, complete with a pair of 4 element receive-only flexible array coils in order to conduct 19F MRI lung dynamic ventilation measurements. 
    This human-sized chest coil with multiple receive channels should ensure outstanding sensitivity (provides high quality 19F images across the lung) required for the low 19F-gas density and the thermally-polarized nature of 19F MRI. 
    During a scan, a radiofrequency pulse is emitted, and the Coil System acts as the receiver for that signal and transmits it to a computer that creates the images. The Lung Imaging Coil System is able to transmit the signal based on the number of coils. The requested coil provides the best quality of lung images as it has eight independent signal receivers, so the Signal-to-Noise-Ratio benefit is roughly proportional to   (or 2.83 times).
    At Western, the existing single channel surface 19F RF coils were manufactured for cell tracking within the thigh and cannot be used for the proposed work due to the small anatomy-specific sensitivity profile (it cannot sense the whole lung, just a slice that is a few cm thick and provides 3 times less SNR) and the coil is not compatible with the Lawson PET/MRI scanner.
    Download the complete tender document for further details.
    The estimated total budget to purchase both MRI coils is CAD$225,000 plus HST.
    Estimated Quantities:
    Available within the tender document

    Submission Details:
    All tender submissions must be uploaded electronically at

    Submission Deadline:
    June 2, 2023 at 12:00 PM ET

    Public Opening:
    Not Applicable

    Conditions for Participation:
    Available within the tender document(s)

    Mandatory Submission Requirements:
    1. Appendix B- Submission Form
    2. Appendix C- Rate Bid Form
    3. Appendix D- Reference Form
    4. Appendix E- Deliverables and Technical Requirements Questionnaire
    5. Appendix F- Proponents Checklist

    Complete submission requirements are provided within the tender document(s).

    Scored Submission Requirements:
    1. Mandatory Requirements
    2. Solution, Experience and Qualifications
    3. Specification and Deliverables
    4. Service and Support
    5. Sustainability
    6. Value- Added Ideas
    7. Accessibility (AODA)
    8. Pricing
    9. In-kind

    This procurement is covered by Chapter 5 of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA).

    Delivery Date:
    August 2023

    Duration of Agreement:
    Upon receipt of equipment and satisfaction of obligations as set out in the Agreement.

    Additional Options:
    Available in the tender document(s)

    At the end of the evaluation process, Western may identify one or more Suppliers with whom it wishes to enter into negotiations, by written notification.  See tender document(s) for further detail.

    Not Applicable

    Responses must be submitted in English.

    Suppliers should note that information contained within this Tender Notice is subject to change.  Suppliers are encouraged to download the tender document(s) which contain the most current information.
    If there is a conflict between the tender document(s) and this Tender Notice, the tender document(s) will take precedence.

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      Contract duration

      The estimated contract period will be 0 month(s), with a proposed start date of 2023/12/31.

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      • Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
      • Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
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      Contact information

      Contracting organization

      University of Western Ontario
      Procurement Services, Suite 6100, Support Services Building, University of Western Ontario
      London, Ontario, N6A 3K7
      Contracting authority
      Scott Roth
      519-661-2111 x82779
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