Applications Specialist – <h2>CT</h2>
A CT scan (Computerised Tomography) uses X-Rays to produce a computerised image of the inside of a patient’s body. They are used as a diagnostic tool for muscle and bone disorders such as bone fractures or tumours, and for pinpointing the exact location of an infection or blood clot. CT images are also frequently used as the basis for radiotherapy treatment for cancer, and to observe the extent to which a tumour is responding to radiotherapy.
CT scans are executed by Radiographers and the images interpreted by a Radiologist. The equipment is high-tech and of high value.
Several companies produce CT scanners, including GE Healthcare, Fujifilm, Siemens Healthineers, Philips Healthcare, Toshiba Medical Systems, Canon Medical, Shimadzu and Hitachi Medical. In addition to Territory Managers – i.e.. the people that will sell the CT scanning equipment into the NHS and private hospital sector – they also hire Applications Specialists whose job it is to provide customer support and training.
Typically to work as an Applications Specialist in this area, candidates will have a background as a Radiographer. It is often the case that a Radiographer will use an opportunity to work as an Applications Specialist as their first step into the commercial world. Some may then go on to work in sales, but many really enjoy the training element to the role, and it keeps them up to speed with their own clinical skills and advances in medical technology.
Working as an Applications Specialist in CT is very rewarding to those who enjoy helping clinicians to learn how to get the best out of the technology they are using, to the ultimate benefit of the patient and their treatment plan. The role also encourages development of commercial skills, as a good Applications Specialist will constantly be alive to the possible opportunities to upsell the company’s product portfolio, thus increasing revenue. Although an Applications Specialist won’t be given sales targets to hit, an employer will often pay a bonus to those that are able to identify sales openings from which the company benefit.