Allograft and autograft microvascular proximal tibial epiphyseal plate transplants were performed in female New Zealand White (NZW) rabbits to quantify the growth rate and total growth potential of immunosuppressed and nonimmunosup‐pressed rabbits. The purpose of this experiment is to examine whether the 99mTc‐MDP radionuclide uptake of the transplanted epiphyseal plate at 1 week postoperatively, done to assess anastomotic patency of the transplant, could also serve as a predictor of eventual longitudinal growth of the transplant or replant. All transplants and replants demonstrating positive 99mTc‐MDP uptake in the proximal tibial epiphyseal plate at 1 week showed continued longitudinal growth. The precise amount of 99mTc‐MDP uptake, however, did not correlate with the amount of growth at 3 and 5 weeks follow‐up. © 1995 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.