Scanner contract awarded

The Central Tenders Committee has awarded Arel Ltd/GE a $1.5 million contract to supply the Health Services Authority with a state-of-the-art CAT scanner.

The 64-Slice Computed Tomography Machine obtains X-ray images of a patient’s entire body using a non-invasive technique. It replaces a machine that the HSA has been using for the past 10 years.

Owing to the age of the current machine, the HSA has been sending patients abroad to have scans performed. The machine was frequently out of service and became increasingly difficult to repair because replacement parts were not readily available, a Government Information Services press release stated.

‘Services to be provided by the use of the new machine include those provided by the current machine, but at faster speeds and greater resolution,’ the HSA stated. ‘Additional and specialised services will include cardio-vascular diagnostic examinations, better quality neurological studies and virtual colonoscopy.’

Following a public invitation to tender, two companies submitted bids, with the contract going to Jamaica-based Arel Ltd/GE, whose services the HSA has been using for the past 12 years.

Included in the contract are training for the machine’s operators, a 12-month warranty on parts and labour, software upgrades and preventative maintenance for four years following expiration of the warranty.

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