An abdominal computed tomography, or CT, scan uses x-rays to examine the abdomen from several different angles, according to MedlinePlus. The test is used to check several conditions, including hernias, abdominal masses,... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging

An abdominal scan typically takes less than 30 minutes, according to MedlinePlus. Patients do not move during that period, and, at certain points, they are required to hold their breath. Motion blurs the images produced ... More »

The images section on the right-hand side of MedlinePlus' "Abdominal CT scan" entry contains photos of abdominal CT scans. The images section includes diagrams of a CT scan as well as images of CT scans that indicate var... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging

The CAT scan procedure is a computerized tomography scan that includes a series of x-rays to create cross-sectional images of bones and tissue, notes Mayo Clinic. The procedure can be performed on a full body or a partic... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging

A head computerized tomography scan uses a computer to process a series of X-ray images taken from several different angles, to develop cross-sectional views of the inside of the head, according to Mayo Clinic. A CT scan... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging

An abdominal CT scan is an imaging in which X-rays are used to create a cross-sectional image of the abdomen, according to MedlinePlus. It is performed when a physician suspects a medical issue that cannot be determined ... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging

MedlinePlus explains that an abdominal MRI, or magnetic resonance image, is a scan that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to generate an image of the inside of the abdomen and stomach area. The test can be performed ... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging