Abstract Registration is a technique nowadays commonly used in medical imaging. A drawback of most of the current registration schemes is that all tissue is being considered as non-rigid [1]. Therefore, rigid objects in an image, such as bony structures or surgical instruments, may be transformed non-rigidly. In this paper, we integrate the concept of local rigidity to the FLexible Image Registration Toolbox (FLIRT) [2,3]. The idea is to add a penalty for local nonrigidity to the cost function and thus to penalize non-rigid transformations of rigid objects. As our examples show, the new approach allows the maintenance of local rigidity in the desired fashion. For example, the new scheme is able to keep bony structures rigid during registration