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Explain the importance of the epiphyseal plate.

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The epiphyseal plate\textbf{The epiphyseal plate} is an area of cartilage that is localized between epiphysis and diaphysis as long as bone growth occurs.

Growth stops when all of the epiphyseal cartilage is transformed into bone.

A reminder of that process is called the epiphyseal line\textbf{epiphyseal line} that is a demarcation line where two ossification centers are fused.

Physicians use rules of bone development to determine if a child will grow any longer based on radiological imaging findings\textbf{to determine if a child will grow any longer based on radiological imaging findings}.

X-ray images\textbf{X-ray images} that show epiphyseal cartilage are used to determine that a child will grow more and if epiphyseal cartilage can not be seen that means that the growing process has finished.

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