radiation

energy, rays, waves, heat

radiofrequency ablation

the use of electrodes to generate heat and destroy abnormal tissue, such as cancer cells

a medical procedure in which part of the electrical conduction system of the heart, tumor or other dysfunctional tissue is ablated using the heat generated from an electrical current. It is generally conducted in the outpatient setting, using either local anesthetics or conscious sedation anesthesia.

radiographer

healthcare professional who takes images (such as x-rays) of your body when you are sick

x-ray technologist or medical radiation technologist

radiography

 using X-rays to view the internal structures of your body

radioisotope

special medication, radioactive tracer

radiologist

x-ray doctor

medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating disease and injury by using medical imaging, such as x-rays

doctors who have trained in the specialty of radiology, having the ability to interpret and diagnose/treat a pathological condition or medical situation appearing on an x-ray image. Some radiologists specialize in specific areas of diagnosis and imaging i.e. ultrasound, CT & MRI neurology, chest, bone, or interventional procedures.

radiology

x-ray department

rampant

out of control, unchecked

range of motion

how far your joint can move

rapid assessment zone

an area in the emergency department where patients are assessed on stretchers and then transferred to a chair while their care continues

rationale

reason, purpose

raynaud's syndrome

a disease of your blood vessels, usually in your fingers and toes

reaction

a response, reply

receive

get

recipient

person who gets something

recognize

accept, know, see

recombinant

a new gene combination

recover

get better

rectum

part of the intestine that stores bowel movement or poop until it leaves your body through the anus.

recuperate

get better

recur

comes back, happens again

red blood cell (RBC)

the cells in your blood that carry oxygen

reduce

lower

redundant

not needed

refer

send to

refers to

talks about, mentions

refills

a number written on the label of your prescription medication. It tells you how may times you can get more of the medication without asking the doctor or nurse practitioner

reflux

when something goes backwards, such as when your stomach acid goes back up your esophagus

reflux nephropathy

kidney damage due to urine flowing backward (reflux) from the bladder toward your kidneys

condition in which your kidneys are scarred because of an abnormal flow of urine from the bladder backwards into the kidney

refrain

stop, stay away

regarding

about

regimen

plan, program

registered dietitian (dietitian or RD)

an expert on the food we eat and nutrition

a dietitian alters their patient's nutrition based upon their medical condition and individual needs. Dietitians are regulated healthcare professionals licensed to assess, diagnose, and treat nutritional problems

registered nurse (RN)

a healthcare provider who treats patients and provides advice and emotional support to them and their families

a nurse who has graduated from a nursing program allowing for depth and breadth of foundational knowledge in the areas of clinical practice, decision-making, critical thinking, leadership, research utilization and resource management. They have met the requirements outlined by a province or similar licensing body to obtain a nursing license. An RN's scope of practice is determined by legislation, and is regulated by a professional body or council

registered practical nurse (RPN)

nurses who have graduated from a community college nursing program

RPNs are health care professionals. They combine nursing skill, knowledge and judgment and are experts of nursing care in various sectors of healthcare. There are areas of overlap between the two categories, but there are differences as well. These differences are based on entry-level and ongoing nursing knowledge and competencies.

regulate, regulated

control, restrict, watch over, govern

regulation

rule, law

rehabilitate

get better, restore, improve

rehabilitation

care or treatment to improve your health or functioning

reinforce

make stronger, brace, support

reiterate

repeat, say again

rejection

when your body thinks a transplanted organ isn't its own and fights against it

process in which your body recognizes that a transplanted organ isn't its own and mobilizes the immune system to fight against it.

relief

feel better, ease, not as bad

relieve

ease, smooth, rest

remission

when a disease is not active

renal

about your kidneys

renal artery

major blood vessel that takes blood to the kidneys for cleaning

 

renal pelvis

funnel-like hollow area in the centre of your kidney that collects urine from your kidney and takes it to your ureter

renal replacement therapy (RRT)

treatment, such as dialysis or kidney transplant, to replace your kidneys when they aren't working

renal vein

blood vessel that takes freshly cleaned blood from the kidneys to send it to the rest of your body

renin

a hormone made by your kidneys. It helps control your blood pressure.

repsite

rest, relief, break from

require

need

requirements

needs, regulations

rescind

take back, cancel

research

to study or learn about something

careful study that is done to find and report new knowledge about something

resemble

look like

reside

be in, live in

residual

what is left over

the amount of food remaining in the stomach from the previous feeding

respiration

breathing

respiratory rate

measure of how fast you are breathing

In children the monitor tracks it from abdominal "belly" and chest movement. The health care team will also watch, look and listen to your child's breathing.

respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

a common cause of colds and bronchiolitis (lung infection) in infants and children

respiratory therapist (RT)

breathing therapist

healthcare professionals who care for patients by helping your heart and lungs be healthy

healthcare professional who has graduated from an approved respiratory therapy training program and is qualified to provide respiratory care under the supervision of a physician. The respiratory therapist plays an important role in the NICU/Pediatrics by monitoring the function of all devices that support breathing, deliver oxygen and deliver respiratory medications.

respite

rest, relief

respite

care for people so that their usual caregivers can have some time off

respond

answer, react

restorative

making a person feel healthy and strong again

restrain

hold back, stop

resuscitation

when someone gets immediate medical help to save life or limb

retain

keep

retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)

disease that can happen in premature babies. It causes abnormal blood vessels to grow in the retina (the layer of nerve tissue in the eye that makes it so we can see). This growth can cause the retina to detach from the back of the eye, leading to blindness

 

review

go over, check

reye's syndrome

brain disease in children

rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

joint disease

rheumatologist

joint, immune system and bone doctor

rheumatology

study of joints, the immune system and bones

risk

chance

risk factor

something that increases a your chances of getting a disease

risk reduction

lowering the chance of something happening

rooming-in

when a newborn stays in the same room as their mother rather than staying in the hospital nursery

rotavirus

germ that causes stomach flu

rounds

daily update and review of the patient by the healthcare team, sometimes at your bedside

rubella

German measles

also called German measles, rubella is a highly contagious viral disease. It can start with a mild red rash. It can cause serious birth defects in a fetus if a pregnant woman gets rubella. Women who haven't had it should make sure they're immunized before conception.

rubeola

measles

rupture

break, burst

rupture of membranes

when your "water breaks"

the bursting of the sac holding the amniotic fluid, usually a sign that labour will soon begin or has already begun