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Zachary M. Kilpatrick

Radiologist

Dr. Zachary Kilpatrick is a radiologist practicing in West Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Kilpatrick specializes in diagnosing and treating injuries and diseases using medical imaging techniques such as X-Rays, magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography exams. These techniques offer accurate visibility to the inside of the patients body and help to detect otherwise hidden illnesses so that they can be treated quickly and efficiently.
Zachary M. Kilpatrick
  • West Columbia, South Carolina
  • Mercer University
  • Accepting new patients

What tests can indicate the reason for my chest congestion?

It depends on what your definition of chest congestion is. Congestion can mean inflammation such as bronchitis or pneumonia or fluid back up such as congestive heart failure. With READ MORE
It depends on what your definition of chest congestion is. Congestion can mean inflammation such as bronchitis or pneumonia or fluid back up such as congestive heart failure. With that being said. What it depends upon is getting to the root cause of “congestion" and going from there.

Thank you and all the best.

What is the treatment that a radiologist can give for breast cancer?

The short answer is none. That falls to 1. Surgeon, 2. Oncologist and/or 3. Radiation Oncologist.

All the best.

Why is there such a radical difference between my chest X-ray and CT scan?

CT provides far greater information than chest X-ray.

Is skin loosening a normal side effect of radiation therapy?

Usually, skin thickening and/or reddening, but loosening may be due to weight loss.
All the best.

Is it safe to do a CT scan on an elderly patient?

The short answer is, absolutely, yes. She will be screened for common contraindications (such as presence of pacemaker, etc.) by the technical staff. But, to answer your question, READ MORE
The short answer is, absolutely, yes. She will be screened for common contraindications (such as presence of pacemaker, etc.) by the technical staff. But, to answer your question, it is a resounding yes.

All the best...

What can i expect after having an MRI?

Prior to the study, you will be screened for anything that might be a contraindication to M R I, such as metal in your body or a device like a pacemaker. You will be placed on READ MORE
Prior to the study, you will be screened for anything that might be a contraindication to M R I, such as metal in your body or a device like a pacemaker. You will be placed on your back on the MRI table and a “head coil,” which basically looks and feels like a football helmet, will be placed. The table will move and you will be placed in the center of the “tube.” You will then here a series of knocking and then, quite frankly, a loud rhythmic rattling, growling, grinding type of noise. Exam should take probably 20 minutes or so. The room will be cold. If you have no contraindications to the exam, you should do fine.

Thank you and all the best.

Will my son require anesthesia before his CT scan?

It is likely that he'll be sedated (AKA conscious sedation), but full anesthesia is not likely.

All the best.

At what stage of pregnancy can congenital defects in a baby be detected?

Usually, in your second trimester, ultrasound around 12-14 weeks. Your "triple screen" lab data is also important.

Thank you, good luck and all the best.

Can PCOD be corrected with radiation therapy?

No ma’am. No role that I know of. Thank you and all the best.

What are the early side effects of radiation therapy apart from fatigue, skin issues and hair loss?

I'm sorry to hear of that...prayers to your father and y'all. In short, depending on the location, extent of disease, and radiation dose, the side effects can be varied. All READ MORE
I'm sorry to hear of that...prayers to your father and y'all. In short, depending on the location, extent of disease, and radiation dose, the side effects can be varied.

All the best,

Does radiation during cancer treatment have any impact on the digestive system?

It certainly can and it depends on the method and dose...

https://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/how-cancer-treated/radiation-therapy/side-effects-radiation-therapy

I am having numbness in my right leg. What test do you recommend? I am worried if it is an early sign of a stroke.

If you think it is signs of a stroke, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible. F.A.S.T. Following that, an MRI of the lumbar spine is a good place to start, but a physician READ MORE
If you think it is signs of a stroke, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible. F.A.S.T. Following that, an MRI of the lumbar spine is a good place to start, but a physician trained in such matters should direct the ordering of subsequent tests.

Thank you and all the best.

Is chemotherapy different for urethral cancer?

Chemo regimens differ depending on the type of organ affected as well as stage...it varies.
Prayers to you, your father, and family.

Is there a difference between pediatric radiology and adult radiology?

MRI does not utilize any ionizing radiation, so that is your best choice other than ultrasound.

Typically how long does it take for radiation therapy to work?

It's variable depending on patient and cell type....days to weeks...

What deformities in the growing baby can be confirmed in an anomaly scan?

Mental abnormalities can be implied from anatomic abnormalities. With regard to what can be seen, the list is extensive.....

All the best.

My father has developed enteritis after his radiation therapy. What should we do?

This is best answered by his radiation oncologist, as I am a diagnostic radiologist. It's a complex problem, and not in my realm of expertise.
All the best.

My X-ray showed a 3mm stone in the right kidney however it was not seen in the following x-ray. Why did this happen?

The first stone may have either passed or the initial finding could be artifact. Also, it could have not been seen on second film. If you're symptomatic, get a CT.

By when in a pregnancy can the radiologist see any deformities in the growing fetus?

Ultrasound can see major anomalies by 3-4 months. With regard to ADHD in your current and possibly future child, I say fear not....I'm a poster child for ADHD...with love and guidance, READ MORE
Ultrasound can see major anomalies by 3-4 months. With regard to ADHD in your current and possibly future child, I say fear not....I'm a poster child for ADHD...with love and guidance, your children shall do well. Fear not, God is with you.