OBJECTIVE. The objective of our study was to determine the optimal dose of ferumoxytol for performing MR lymphography (MRL) at 3 T in patients with prostate cancer. SUBJECTS AND METHODS. This phase I trial enrolled patients undergoing radical prostatectomy (RP) with bilateral pelvic lymph node dissection (PLND). Three groups of five patients each (total of 15 patients) received IV ferumoxytol before RP with bilateral PLND at each of the following doses of iron: 4, 6, and 7.5 mg Fe/kg. Patients underwent abdominopelvic MRI at 3 T before and 24 hours after ferumoxytol injection using T2- and T2∗-weighted sequences. Normalized signal intensity (SI) and normalized SD changes from baseline to 24 hours after injection within visible lymph nodes were calculated for each dose level. Linear mixed effects models were used to estimate the effects of dose on the percentage SI change and log-transformed SD change within visible lymph nodes to determine the optimal dose of ferumoxytol for achieving uniform low SI in normal nodes. RESULTS. One patient who was excluded from the study group had a mild allergic reaction requiring treatment after approximately 2.5 mg Fe/kg ferumoxytol injection whereupon the injection was interrupted. The 15 study group patients tolerated ferumoxytol at all dose levels. The mean percentage SI change in 13 patients with no evidence of lymph metastasis was -36.4%, -45.4%, and -65.1% for 4, 6, and 7.5 mg Fe/kg doses, respectively (p = 0.041). CONCLUSION. A dose level of 7.5 mg Fe/kg ferumoxytol was safe and effective in deenhancing benign lymph nodes. This dose therefore can be the starting point for future phase II studies regarding the efficacy of ferumoxytol for MRL.