I did the same thing with Chicago. I called up there a few months ago, talked to Dr. Giger who runs the program, and scheduled a visit. I went to Chicago and Wisconsin the same week, obviously, since I was flying in from Atlanta. The facilities were newer and seemed better, but like I said before, the department is pretty small. It was obvious that Chicago has the monopoly on imaging specialties. If you don't want to do imaging research, or if you think you want to stay on the clinical side of things, you should not go there. I think I might have a hard time convincing them why they should take me because everything I've done has been clinical (brachytherapy, treatment planning, stereotactic radiosurgery, external beam therapy, etc.). On the other hand, maybe if I don't get in it will be for the best. It seems like anyone could succeed in their program with a flawless understanding of Fourier transforms and virtually no understanding of physics. One of the professors showed me an algorithm they developed there for analyzing multiple images (x-ray, CT, and others) simultaneously to improve diagnostic accuracy. The program has since been put to commercial use. It was pretty amazing stuff.