Technology Through the Years | Torrance Memorial

Published on March 23, 2021

Technology Through the Years

Historical surgical recovery room

old surgical room

Torrance Memorial Medical Center, originally named The Jared Sidney Torrance Hospital, admitted its first patient on May 17, 1925. Mr. Torrance, the city of Torrance’s founder, recognized early on his city needed a first-class hospital. He put plans in motion for one but died three years before its completion. His wife, Helena Childs Torrance, worked tirelessly through to its completion after his death.

Today Mr. Torrance would be amazed at the technology and lifesaving procedures performed by the experienced medical care team treating patients with as much compassion and care as the first doctors and nurses did years ago.

Throughout its 96-year history, Torrance Memorial has always recognized the importance of new technology. Here are some of the highlights.

1973: Laminar Airflow Room created providing the highest level of surgical sterility. The hospital's first hip replacement, open-heart surgery, and burn and neurosurgical procedures were performed in this surgical suite. Patients offered first Ultrasounds in the South Bay.

1975: First dedicated Heart Catheterization Laboratory featured new high-quality Siemens X-ray Camera to assist physicians in determining whether patients needed heart surgery.

1977: New EMI full-body CT Scanner took advance radiological images of the human body, making exploratory surgery a thing of the past.Linear Accelerator Machine, acquired by oncology to boost the effectiveness of radiation therapy to cancer patients.

1983: Balloon Angioplasty Procedure became more common for cardiac patients, replacing bypass surgery in appropriate cases. The CT 9800 Scanner acquired enabling physicians to perform studies of head and body tissues with unprecedented detail and accuracy.

historical mammogram

1986: First South Bay hospital to install an in-house MRI machine. The diagnostic accuracy of neurological and muscular-skeletal disorder took a quantum leap forward.

1987: Torrance Memorial surpassed all other South Bay hospitals with fully-equipped in-house Laser Equipment.

1989: A second Cardiac Catheterization Lab opened, the first of its kind in the South Bay to feature such advanced radiologic equipment, allowing for diagnosis and treatment of heart attacks.

1991: The Radiation Oncology department housed a New Linear Accelerator that provided radiation treatment for malignancies ranging from skin lesions to tumors located within the body.

CT scanner

1997: The Vasek and Anna Maria Polak Breast Diagnostic Center acquired the new, single-insertion Mammotome Biopsy System for suspicious areas in the breast, providing improved accuracy of diagnosis without sacrificing patient comfort.

1998: The Diagnostic Imaging Center opened to meet the needs for outpatient radiology services, a second Spiral CT Scanner and additional ultrasound and radiologic capabilities were added.

1999: The former Gastrointestinal (G.I.) Lab was transformed into a new state-of-the-art Endoscopy Center featuring five treatment rooms.

2000: Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scanner acquired to provide molecular imaging able to map the extent and spread of cancer and various heart conditions.

da Vinci robot

2004: Intensity Modulated Radiation (IMRT) obtained to substantially reduce risk to normal tissues when receiving chemotherapy.

2006: The Da Vinci Surgical System is acquired using advanced robotics and special 3D imaging to transform a surgeon's hands and fingers in highly-maneuverable instruments for minimally- invasive surgical procedures.

2007: State-of-the-art Surgical Suite debuts, promoted as the most advanced endovascular suite in the country.

2008: Laminar Flow Air-Handling System installed in the 5 new surgical suites.

2013: The latest radiation therapy is acquired in TrueBeam, a state-of-the-art linear accelerator that helps zero in on tumors while sparing normal tissue.

Lundquist Tower2014: The $480 million, 256-room state-of-the-art Lundquist Tower debuted with highly-sophisticated operating rooms including the South Bay’s first Hybrid Operating Room merging minimally-invasive and traditional surgical services with advanced imaging technology.

2015: 3D Breast Mammography brings cutting-edge technology to the South Bay with 41% increase in detection of breast cancers.

2016: Radiation Oncology Center refurbishment completed with the acquisition of new Linear Accelerator Technology.

2019: Hunt Cancer Center opened, featuring state-of-the-art treatment facilities and equipment. Mako SmartRobotics acquired allowing surgeon ability to cut less but cutting precisely what is planned to help protect healthy bone.