This is my general search pattern for a CT of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis (everyone's search pattern is a little different). The search pattern should be tailored based on the history. For example, for a trauma patient, you would spend more time looking for fractures, vascular or organ injury, pneumothorax, etc. For an oncology patient, you would spend more time looking for lymph nodes and metastases.
Scout film: General overview. Good view for checking lines and tubes.
Bowel - Look for obstruction (dilated proximal bowel with a transition point to decompressed bowel), ileus (dilated large and small bowel without a transition point), wall thickening, wall enhancement, inflammation of the surrounding fat.