Kyung Hyun Sung Ph.d

Assistant Professor
Department of Radiological Sciences
300 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite B119





  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Korea University, 2003
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2005
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2008
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Radiology, Stanford University, 2008-2010


 Awards and Recognitions

  • Distinguished Reviewer, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2013
  • Academic Achievement Awards (Ph.D.), USC Office of International Services, 2008
  • Outstanding Service Awards, USC Magnetic Resonance Engineering Lab, 2007
  • Student Travel Awards, ISMRM Workshop on Advances in High Field MRI, 2007
  • 2nd Place Best Poster Award, ISMRM Real Time Workshop, 2006

Research Interests

  • Development of fast and more efficient MRI methods and reconstruction algorithms targeting specific clinical and research applications
  • Quantitative dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI)
  • Compressed sensing MRI (CS-MRI)
  • Image analysis software developments

Recent Papers

  1. Hargreaves B.A., Saranathan M., Sung K., Daniel B.L. “Accelerated breast MRI with compressed sensing.” Eur J Radiology. 2012 Sep;81 Suppl 1:S54-5.
  2. Sung K., Daniel B.L., Hargreaves B.A. “Transmit B 1+ field homogeneity and T(1) estimation errors in breast DCE-MRI at 3 tesla.” J Magn Reson Imaging. 2013 Jan 4.
  3. Sung K. Hargreaves B.A. “High-frequency subband compressed sensing MRI using quadruplet sampling.” Magn Reson Med. 2012 Dec 27.
  4. Sung K., Daniel B.L., Hargreaves B.A. “Location constrained approximate message passing for compressed sensing MRI.” Magn Reson Med. 2012 Oct 5.
  5. Worters P.W., Sung K., Stevens K.J., Koch K.M., Hargreaves B.A. “Compressed-sensing multispectral imaging of the postoperative spine.” J Magn Reson Imaging. 2013 Jan;37(1):243-8.
  6. Sung K., Lee H.L., Hu H.H., Nayak K.S. “Prediction of myocardial signal during CINE balanced SSFP imaging.” MAGMA. 2010 Apr;23(2):85-91.
  7. Jung H., Sung K., Nayak K.S., Kim E.Y., Ye J.C. “k-t FOCUSS: a general compressed sensing framework for high resolution dynamic MRI.” Magn Reson Med. 2009 Jan;61(1):103-16.
  8. Sung K. Nayak K.S. “Design and use of tailored hard-pulse trains for uniformed saturation of myocardium at 3 Tesla.” Magn Reson Med. 2008 Oct;60(4):997-1002.
  9. Sung K., Nayak K.S. “Measurement and characterization of RF nonuniformity over the heart at 3T using body coil transmission.” J Magn Reson Imaging. 2008 Mar;27(3):643-8.
  10. Sung K., Nayak K.S., “B1+ compensation in 3T cardiac imaging using short 2DRF pulses.” Magn Reson Med. 2008 Mar;59(3):441-6.