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Brand Name or Equal Rapid MR 23Na 1H 3T MRI head coil for Philips 3T MRI scanner

Maryland, United States
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Title: Brand Name or Equal Rapid MR 23Na 1H 3T MRI head coil for Philips 3T MRI scanner

(i)    This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6 as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued.

(ii)    The solicitation number is 75N95019Q00205 and the solicitation is issued as a request for quotation (RFQ).

This acquisition is for a commercial item or service and is conducted under the authority of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 13-Simplified Acquisition Procedures; FAR Subpart 13.5-Simplified Procedures for Certain Commercial Items; and FAR Part 12-Acquisition of Commercial Items, and is not expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold.

(iii)    The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2019-01, dated January 22, 2019.

(iv)    The associated NAICS code 334516 and the small business size standard 1,000 employees. This requirement is full and open with no set-aside restrictions.

(v)    The National Institute on Aging (NIA) requires the purchase of a 23Na 1H 3T MRI head coil for sodium brain imaging on NIA's 3T Philips MRI scanner, located at Harbor Hospital in Baltimore. This new coil will allow us to detect neuronal death, white matter degradation and edema associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia.

(vi)    Generic Name of Product: Sodium-23/Proton (23Na/1H) head coil for 3T MRI scanner
Brand Name of Product: Rapid MR 23Na 1H volume head coil (Item #: V-XQ-HQ-030-01565)

Salient Characteristics:
Must be capable of transmitting and receiving at the sodium-23 (23Na) frequency of a 3T MRI scanner (33.8 MHz) to acquire a sodium-23 spectrum of a selected brain region.
Must be capable of transmitting and receiving at the proton frequency of a 3T MRI scanner (127.7 MHz) to generate proton images for sodium voxel placement and registration.
Must fit within the body coil of both Philips 3T Achieva and Ingenia Elition MRI scanners and fasten securely to the bed of either scanner to avoid image artifacts.
Must have an inner diameter of at least 26 cm to comfortably fit subject's head.
Must have an active coil length of at least 24 cm to scan the entire brain in the superior-inferior direction.
Must have a radio-frequency and DC electrical interface compatible with both our existing Philips 3T Achieva scanner and planned Philips 3T Ingenia Elition MRI scanner (via Philips-supplied adapter box).
Must include probe description files and any other code needed to interface the coil to the scanner's acquisition software (Gyroscan R5.3 or above).
Must incorporate quadrature polarization on both proton and sodium-23 channels to maximize efficiency for spin excitation and signal detection.
Must be capable of exciting and receiving a proton NMR spectrum of a standard sodium phantom with a minimum signal-to-noise ratio of 20:1 in one scan and a maximum line width (full width at half maximum) of 10 Hz in order to produce proton images of sufficient quality to allow reliable sodium voxel placement.
Must demonstrate ability to excite sodium-23 (23Na) nuclei in a standard sodium phantom with flip angles from 10 degrees to 270 degrees with an error of no more than 5% from the theoretical sinusoidal dependence of integrated signal on flip angle. This is needed to prevent artifacts in spin-echo and stimulated-echo experiments in which 23Na must be excited with precise flip angles.
Must receive a sodium-23 signal from a standard sodium phantom with a minimum signal-to-noise ratio of 20:1 in one scan and a maximum line width (full width at half maximum) of 10 Hz in order to achieve adequate sensitivity in human brain spectroscopy experiments.

Quote should include On-Site Training and Shipping Costs.

(vii)    Delivery Date: Approximately 5 Months ARO
Delivery Address: 251 Bayview Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21224

(viii)    The provision at FAR clause 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors - Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition.

(ix)    The provision at FAR clause 52.212-2, Evaluation - Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition.

(a) The Government will award a contract resulting from this solicitation to the responsible offeror whose offer conforming to the solicitation will be most advantageous to the Government, price and other factors considered. The following factors shall be used to evaluate offers: technical capability of the item offered to meet the Government requirement; (ii) price; (iii) past performance (including examples of successful orders and installation).

Technical and past performance, when combined, are (1) significantly more important than cost or price.

(b) Options. The Government will evaluate offers for award purposes by adding the total price for all options to the total price for the basic requirement. The Government may determine that an offer is unacceptable if the option prices are significantly unbalanced. Evaluation of options shall not obligate the Government to exercise the option(s).

(c) A written notice of award or acceptance of an offer, mailed or otherwise furnished to the successful offeror within the time for acceptance specified in the offer, shall result in a binding contract without further action by either party. Before the offer's specified expiration time, the Government may accept an offer (or part of an offer), whether or not there are negotiations after its receipt, unless a written notice of withdrawal is received before award.

(x)    The Offerors to include a completed copy of the provision at FAR clause 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications-Commercial Items, with its offer.

(xi)    The FAR clause at 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions - Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition.

(xii)    FAR clause at 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders-Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition.

(xiii)    The following additional contract requirement(s) or terms and conditions as determined by the contracting officer are necessary for this acquisition and consistent with customary commercial practices: There are no additional contract requirement(s) or terms and conditions applicable to this acquisition

(xiv)    The Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) are not applicable to this requirement.

(xv)    Responses to this solicitation must include sufficient information to establish the interested parties' bona-fide capabilities of providing the product or service. The price quote shall include: unit price, list price, shipping and handling costs, delivery days after contract award, delivery terms, prompt payment discount terms, F.O.B. Point (Destination or Origin), product or catalog number(s); product description; and any other information or factors that may be considered in the award decision. Such factors may include: past performance; special features required for effective program performance; trade-in considerations; probable life of the item selected as compared with that of a comparable item; warranty considerations; maintenance availability; and environmental and energy efficiency considerations.

Respondents proposing on an equal product of the brand-name product specified in this announcement must provide, as part of their response: (a) product, catalog, model, and/or part number(s); (b) product description; (c) all relevant information and documentation that the item(s) offered meets the salient physical, functional, or performance characteristics as specified in the purchase description; quantity; estimated price or cost; shipping, handling, and/or installation charges; and delivery date after receipt of order.

In addition, the Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size must be included in the response. All offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM)"

All responses must be received by 4:00PM on June 28, 2019 and reference number 75N95019Q00205. Responses may be submitted electronically to Jon Gottschalk at

Fax responses will not be accepted.

(xvi)    The name and phone number of the contracting officer: Jon Gottschalk, 301-443-9456

Jon J Gottschalk, Contracting Officer, Phone 3014439456, Email

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