Vertebral End Plates Definition

Vertebral end plates are the top and bottom portions of the vertebral bodies that interface with the vertebral discs. The vertebral end plate is composed of a layer of thickened cancellous bone, The force imposed on the endplate from major load bearing or a herniated disc can cause end-plate abnormality and dysfunction. Malformations and fractures in the vertebral end plate can be detected through MRI scan or discogram.